Landon Donovan returns to L.A. in time for game against Seattle
Landon Donovan had his first training session with the Galaxy Friday afternoon after returning to Los Angeles on Thursday.
Donovan, who stopped in New York for a two-day media tour before rejoining the team, said he is looking forward to Sunday's game against Seattle. Because of a strained hamstring, which he played through at the end of the World Cup, he is unsure of whether he will be able to play a lot of minutes.
"I hope so," he said.
During the practice, Donovan did not participate in team scrimmages or drills. He jogged around the outside of the pitch and stretched before leaving the field about an hour before the end of the session.
Because of his role on the U.S. national team, especially his game-winning goal against Algeria, Donovan has received a lot of attention lately -- and not all of it good. However, he said living in Los Angeles prepared him for the tabloid culture.
"Fortunately, all the work I've done over the last few years has prepared me for this, and I have no issue with it," he said.
Teammate Edson Buddle was also back with the Galaxy and said the team was happy to see both of them return -- at least, he thought so.
"I don't know how they're feeling deeply inside," he said, laughing. "They were doing pretty well after we left. I know I'm happy to be here, and if they're happy to see me I'm just as happy."
-- Laura Myers
Photo: Landon Donovan responds to questions Friday. Credit: Reed Saxon, AP.