Landon Donovan celebrates after converting a penalty kick in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on July 5, 2013 in San Diego, Calif.
Just days after returning to the U.S. men’s team and scoring his 50th and 51st international goals, Landon Donovan is gearing up to play in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, which begins Tuesday at the JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
Donovan, a 2000 Olympian and the all-time leading scorer in national team history, scored twice in a 6-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly Friday night in San Diego.
Donovan has been away from the U.S. squad since a 1-0 win against Mexico last August. The Los Angeles Galaxy star took a five-month break from soccer after the last MLS season.
With four of 10 games remaining in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, the United States sits atop the six-team group with 13 points to second-place Costa Rica’s 11 points. The top three teams in the group automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. team’s next qualifier is Sept. 6 at Costa Rica.
While Donovan was adding to his total as the leading scorer in national team history, Chris Wondolowski and Alejandro Bedoya were scoring their first international goals against Guatemala. Herculez Gomez and Clarence Goodson also scored.
Twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan keep adding to their unique list of tennis accomplishments.
The Bryans became the first doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam titles as well as the Olympic gold medal at the same time when they won Wimbledon Saturday.
The 15th Grand Slam title for the Bryans came with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
Fellow American Madison Keys was eliminated in three sets by Agnieszka Radwanska. By reaching the third round at Wimbledon, the 18-year-old Keys will advance into the top 50 in women’s world rankings.
Read more about the Bryan brothers here.
Taylor Townsend reached the girls’ final Saturday where the 17-year-old fell to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Townsend won the Australian Open girls’ singles title in 2012.
TRACK & FIELD
Aries Merritt was the only U.S. winner in the Diamond League stop Saturday in Paris.
Merritt, the 2012 Olympic champion in 110-meter hurdles, finished the event in 13.09 seconds in Paris. David Oliver, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, was third in 13.13.
LaShawn Merritt was second in the men’s 400 and Tony McQuay placed third.
Michelle Carter (shot put) and Brigetta Barrett (high jump) gave the U.S. women a pair of second-place finishes.
Georganne Moline (women’s 400 hurdles), Alysia Montano (women’s 800) and Leo Manzano (men’s 1500) also took third.
April Ross and Whitney Pavlik finished fourth at the FIVB World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
Ross and Pavlik lost, 21-18, 21-15, in the bronze-medal match against Liliane Maestrini and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. Ross was without her injured partner Jennifer Kessy, with whom she teamed to earn the Olympic silver medal in London.
Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal lost in the men’s round-of-16 Saturday to finish in a tie for ninth.
The U.S. men dropped FIVB World League matches to host Poland Friday and Sunday in Wroclaw. Both teams are 4-4 heading into the final two matches the United States has in pool play, July 13-14 in Brazil.
Poland rallied to squeeze out a 25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28, 18-16 win Friday, then posted a 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 25-23 victory Sunday.
Carson Clark had a match-high 21 kills in Friday’s loss and Matt Anderson had a match-high 20 kills Sunday in the losses.
Elsewhere, the United States finished 16th at the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championships in Mexicali, Mexico.
Tyler Magner and Alexis Ryan won U23 criterium titles Sunday when the USA Cycling Amateur & Paracycling Road National Championships concluded in Madison, Wis. Nineteen champions were named Sunday.
Stephen Leece won the open men’s title, one of four road races decided Friday. Kaitlin Antonneau won the U-23 women’s race to add to the time trial title she picked up Thursday.
There were 22 category titles decided Saturday in the Madison area.
Elsewhere, Mara Abbott won the overall title at the Giro Rosa, an Italian stage race that concluded Sunday. Evelyn Stevens finished second in the eighth stage Sunday to place fifth overall.
Todd Wells and Monique “Pua” Mata repeated pro/open titles Saturday at the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Meanwhile, American veteran cyclist Christian Vande Velde withdrew from the Tour de France Friday following his second crash in three days.
Kalon Ludvigson clinched his eighth straight U.S. tumbling title at the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Yulia Stankevich-Brown won the women’s tumbling title. Jeffrey Gluckstein and Hayley Butcher claimed trampoline titles while Ryan Roberts and Kristie Lowell won double mini-trampoline championships. Competition continues through Wednesday on the junior level.
Two-time Olympian Corey Cogdell hit 75 straight in qualifying then earned a bronze medal in women’s trap Friday at the ISSF World Cup in Granada, Spain. Sarah Scherer finished sixth in the women’s 10m air rifle Sunday. Connor Davis placed eighth Saturday in the men’s 10m air rifle.
Ben Kanute placed 14th for the top U.S. finish Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Kanute finished the 750-meter swim, 11.55-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run in 58:46. Matt Chrabot was 22nd. Gwen Jorgensen was 18th among women in 1:07:34 to drop to third in the World Triathlon Series standings.
Two-time Olympic medalist Fabien Lefevre was part of the best two U.S. finishes at the ICF Slalom World Cup in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain. Lefevre was fifth in the men’s kayak final and joined Casey Eichfeld and Devin McEwan to form the eighth-place men’s canoe team.
The Junior National Team was named Saturday after 20 competitors won division titles at the USAT National Championships in Chicago. The full roster can be found here. The team will compete at the Junior Pan American Games in Queretaro, Mexico, Sept. 20-22. The Cadet National Team was named Friday. World Class Senior Black Belt titles will be decided today when the championships conclude.
Four Junior and three Cadet individual titles were among those decided between Friday and Sunday as 10 days of competition at the USA Fencing National Championships came to a close to Columbus, Ohio. Lewis Weiss (men’s epee), Adrienne Jarocki (women’s saber), Eli Dershwitz (men’s saber) and Margaret Lu (women’s foil) won Junior titles. Calvin Liang (men’s saber), Quinn Crum (women’s foil) and Matt Branman (men’s foil) won Cadet titles.
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and blocked four shots Sunday when the United States defeated Serbia 82-68 in the championship game of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in Prague, Czech Republic. Both teams were 7-0 in the tournament going into the final.
After opening a series against Japan with a victory Saturday, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team suffered its first loss in 13 games this year Sunday. The United States won 6-3 in Matsuyama Saturday when it produced all its runs over the final four innings. Japan won the rematch at the same site Saturday when it broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning of a 4-0 victory. The USA-Japan series continues Monday in Hiroshima.
Two U.S. teams reached finals before settling for second place at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas Saturday. Fei-Ming Tong and 2012 Olympian Ariel Hsing had a 3-1 lead over a team from Japan before losing the last three sets of the women’s doubles final. Xiao Jie Yuan and Hsing reached the mixed doubles final.
Geoffrey Young, Nathan Bohr, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Kayla Johnson earned automatic spots on the national team during the Team USA Summer Trials in Arlington, Texas. Young led the men with a 15-game total of 3,418 for a 227.87 average from Friday through Sunday. He edged Bohr by three pins. Dorin-Ballard led the women with 3,407. Johnson was second with 3,193.
Japan defeated the United States, 4-0, Sunday in a rain-shortened championship game at the ISF X Junior Women’s World Championship in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
The U.S. men lost to the Victorian Institute of Sport, 4-1 and 9-0, Saturday and Sunday in the first two games of its Australian Tour. Pat Harris scored the only goal off a penalty corner.
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
Yogi Ferrell had 15 points, 13 assists and four steals to lead the United States to a 140-46 rout of the United Arab Emirates in men’s basketball opener Sunday for the 27th World Summer University Games in Kazan, Russia. The Games opened Friday and continue through July 17 in 27 sports.
In track & field, Team USA started off strong with Briana Nelson placing second in her heat for the first round of the women’s 400, completing the event at 53.35. Joseph Kovacs and Derrick Vicars both qualified for finals in the men’s shot put with best throws of 18.65 and 18.28, respectively, but neither medaled in the event later in the evening. Justin Austin qualified for the men’s 100 semifinals. Vashti Thomas will be competing in the women’s long jump finals.
The synchronized swimming duet technical competition was held today as USA athletes Olivia Morgan, Megan Hansley, and Rosilyn Tegart scored 85.600. They currently are in fourth place entering the free routine final.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.