When the United States takes the field Wednesday in Honduras for the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying, Landon Donovan will be missing.
The 30-year-old midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups and the American career leader in goals and assists, is taking a break from soccer following the Los Angeles Galaxy's second straight Major League Soccer title.
''Landon felt like he needed some time to figure out what was next for him, how to go forward. We all support that, but at the same time, life goes on here,'' fellow midfielder Michael Bradley said. ''We're excited about the guys here and we're confident in the group we have.''
The Americans practiced in Florida on Monday before traveling to San Pedro Sula for the match. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann maintained Donovan's absence creates opportunity for others.
''We have plenty of options,'' Klinsmann said. ''We have 24 players in the camp, so plenty of...