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Donovan proud of USA's World Cup efforts

LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan is extremely proud of the World Cup efforts of the USA national team.

The 28-year old, who scored three of his sides five goals in South Africa, just completed a media whirlwind of five shows in two days and during interviews, said that the performance of the team was positive.

"We're competitors and athletes, so we want to win every game. When we sum everything up we're pretty proud of what we did. We made two mistakes and paid for them,'' Donovan told CenterStage host Michael Kay.

"In a sport where's there's so little scoring you don't want to play a goal down, especially that early," he said in reference to the Round of 16 loss to Ghana. "It's difficult to overcome; we did, but it finally caught up to us.''

As for the disallowed goal in the match with Slovenia that ended 2-2, Donovan was not negative towards the referee who made the decision.

"My opinion is we're all human beings, so we all make mistakes,'' Donovan said. "When I make a mistake on the field - sometimes it's a big mistake, sometimes it's a small mistake - but you do have to take accountability for it. And as players all we want is…for you to be fair both ways. When an official doesn't communicate that's frustrating.

"When you ask him, we're putting so much into it (and he won't communicate) that's difficult. In the end I don't blame refs for making mistakes you just want them to say I'm human, I made a mistake. The one in the Slovenia game he pretended like he doesn't speak English. Our captain speaks French and I guess he doesn't speak French either.''

Andrew Slevison
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