Posted February 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
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...

Donovan, Cherundolo only absences

Under a brilliant South Florida sun, 21 U.S. men's national soccer team players assembled for a light workout on Monday morning, their last act on American soil before traveling to Honduras and diving head-long into the cauldron of World Cup qualifying. On Wednesday they will kick off the final phase of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in San Pedro Sula to...

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The World Cup journey that begins anew for the United States here in Honduras on Wednesday last ended in a chilly press tent outside of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, more than two and a half years ago. Under the glare of the bright lights affixed to the rafters, U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley's face looked a little more gaunt and...
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