President Barack Obama welcomed Landon Donovan and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates to the White House on Tuesday honoring the MLS Cup champions' second consecutive league championship.
Obama honored the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, whose Stanley Cup was on display in the East Room. He also welcomed the LA Galaxy, the championship Major League Soccer team.
Galaxy player Landon Donovan gave Obama a soccer ball that the president bounced on his head. Obama was also presented with a jersey emblazoned with his name.
Obama says both Los Angeles teams have remarkable comeback stories, but said he wishes his hometown of Chicago were winning championships, instead.
The Galaxy finished the 2012 regular season with 54 points, with 16 victories and twelve losses in 34 games. The club marched through the playoffs and defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in large part due to Donovan and fellow star David Beckham, who currently plays for Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain .