Donovan gets Bayern Munich trialBy ASN Staff • Nov 11th, 2008 • Category: Yanks on trial
Landon Donovan has started a 10 day trial with Germany’s Bayern Munich, the club reported on its Web site Tuesday. The German language report, quoting Bayern head coach Juergen Klinsmann, says Donovan’s spell with the club is for him to stay in shape. The story provides what is basically a canned quote by Donovan where he reiterates his desire to join the club to stay match fit, as the MLS season does not restart until March.
The news was also reported by kicker.de, which adds that Klinsmann wanted to sign Donovan last summer. The former German national team coach knows Donovan from his former role as L.A. Galaxy technical advisor.
Tuesday afternoon, the Galaxy confirmed the news on their Web site.
A German newspaper reports Donovan could join Bayern on a Beckham-style loan arrangement.
The German tabloid Bild even got in on the act, asking “What does Klinsmann want from this Hollywood striker?” and “will this Yank clear the way for Lukas Podolski to leave this winter?” The story has photos from Donovan’s first training session as well.
Donovan is no stranger to German soccer, having spent four years (2001-2005) with Bayer Leverkusen. He made just seven Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen in this time.
Whaddya say U.S. soccer fans? Is Donovan a goner? More importantly, does he have a legitimate chance at seeing first team action at a club as star-laden as Bayern Munich?