Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/27/13
Burned out and exhausted from more than a decade as the standard bearer for the U.S. football team, Landon Donovan needed a break. For four months last winter, football was the last concern for the Americans' career scoring leader. He spent time with family and friends, making up for all those holidays and get-togethers he missed over the years. He traveled to far-flung places, reveling in his respite from the harsh glare of the spotlight. And somewhere along the way, he rediscovered his love for the game he'd been so desperate to escape. The rejuvenated Donovan is a big reason the Americans are in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final Sunday, where they'll face Panama. He has five goals in five games, tied for a tournament high, and seven assists. Those 12 goals are one more than Panama's entire team has scored; the Americans lead the tournament with a total of 19 goals. ''I've enjoyed myself tremendously,'' Donovan said Saturday. ''I've enjoyed helping with the younger guys. I've enjoye...
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