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Landon Donovan ruled ineligible for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan won't play in the United States' remaining qualifiers after injuring his knee Saturday against Real Salt Lake.

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Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan was ruled out of the U.S. National Team's next two FIFA World Cup qualifying games because of a knee injury, according to a press release. Donovan will return to Los Angeles Tuesday, and he won't play in the two remaining games of the semifinal round against Antigua and Barbuda on Friday and Guatemala next Tuesday.

The news comes a day after the U.S. team's all-time scoring leader was named to the roster.

Donovan injured his left knee on Saturday in a 2-1 Galaxy loss to Real Salt Lake, but the Associated Press reports that the injury was improving by the time he joined the American team on Monday. An MRI taken on Tuesday kept Donovan out of the U.S. practice.

He will return home to be further evaluated by Los Angeles doctors.

The U.S. is tied with Guatemala and Jamaica in the Group A standings. With seven points each through four games, the three teams are fighting for two spots in the regional finals next year.

The Americans did not replace Donovan on the roster.