Landon Donovan to join U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifying matches

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Landon Donovan will join the U.S. Men's National Team after being called up by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan has been called to the U.S. National Team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, per a press release.

Donovan is one of 24 players that will join the team ahead of the final two matches in the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States will face Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala. The game against Antigua & Barbuda will take place on the road in Antigua on Friday while the matchup against Guatemala will take place in Kansas City.

"The mentality we are bringing into these two games is to get six points," Klinsmann told the Los Angeles Times. "It's important that the players arriving into Miami prepare themselves for two finals. We must have urgency within the group."

Donovan has been banged up of late, suffering a knee injury in a 2-1 Galaxy loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. He missed the qualifying matches in September with a hamstring injury. He's the all-time leading scorer in men's national team history, and will look to bring his experience to the critical qualifying matches.

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