Landon Donovan joins ESPN’s World Cup coverage as analystJune 11, 2014 • By Tim Fontenault
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By TIM FONTENAULT
Even after being left off of Jurgen Klinsmann’s final roster last month, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan will have a role to play during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The United States’ all-time leading scorer with 57 goals will join ESPN’s coverage from Los Angeles, providing studio analysis for the network throughout the tournament. Donovan will debut on the “World Cup Preview Show” at 3 p.m.
“Adding Landon to our ESPN roster just before the World Cup is a coup because he knows the United States team better than anyone, having played such a huge role in its success, especially at this event,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, in a statement. “Landon is also one of this country’s biggest sports stars and we believe that he will help attract even more fans to our month-long coverage.”
Donovan, who became Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer on May 25, will focus primarily on the United States. He will provide analysis before, during and after the team’s three Group Stage matches on “SportsCenter,” “World Cup Tonight” and other programs.
“I am excited to be joining ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Los Angeles, and I look forward to working with the talented ESPN broadcasters to provide unique insights for our amazing U.S. Soccer fans,” Donovan said.
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