Landon Donovan opens up about his decision to remain in L.A.

Thursday August 29th, 2013
Landon Donovan has responded to criticism of his sabbatical with strong play for club and country.
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Donovan: True. Look, my motivation comes from inside, and while I'm happy as a human being here in L.A., if I'd gone somewhere else in the coming months I still would have performed at that same level. But as far as the off-the-field stuff, it just makes life better, more enjoyable, easier, when I'm here near my family and I can do it in a place where I can call home.

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