Adversity of '06 a learning experience for Donovan

November 28, 2006
By Andrea Canales
As the holiday season approaches, U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan can probably be expected to feel grateful that 2006 is nearly over.

Originally, 2006 was supposed to be the year when Donovan would step forward on the world stage and lead the U.S. team to World Cup success, thereby proving to the world and himself that he'd made the right decision in spurning Europe to play in Major League Soccer.

Instead, except for one courageous effort against eventual champions ...

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