CHAD WINGER - Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Los Angeles attacker Landon Donovan is in Germany for the next 10 days, training with former Galaxy consultant Jürgen Klinsmann and Bayern Munich.
"I know Landon from my time at the LA Galaxy," the German legend told YA. "A great guy, a very good soccer player and one of the biggest personalities from US Soccer."
"He will be training with us for the next 10 days in order to keep himself in shape."
The training stint has been rumored in German publications as a de facto trial for the American, who is seen as a potential replacement for Germany international Lukas Podolski who has publicly stated that he wants out of Bayern.
Like Klinsmann, Donovan's agent would not be drawn into such discussion, only confirming the arrival of his star client.
"As reports have correctly noted, Jürgen invited Landon to come train with the Club for 10 days," Motzkin repeated to YA.
Donovan, who was previously signed to Bayer Leverkusen, culminating in a disastrous seven-game stint in 2005 before returning to MLS, has stated publicly that he would entertain a return to Europe.
In his MLS career, Donovan has scored 84 goals in 183 appearances over eight seasons spent evenly between Los Angeles and San Jose.
This past season, the United States' all-time goals leader led MLS with 20 tallies despite Los Angeles missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.