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Donovan targeting 2014 World Cup qualification following US return

Landon Donovan was the star for the USA in their CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph earlier this summer.

The 31-year old LA Galaxy ace was not a part of US squads for the first half of the year as he returned from a self-imposed exile over winter but is now back in the fold as Juergen Klinsmann's side prepare for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico early next month.

"I'm excited," Donovan said.

"I want to be part of that team going forward, and I'm happy to be a part of the group. We have real work to do, and we have the potential in the next couple weeks to be qualified for the World Cup.

"That's always the goal, and I'm going to do everything I can to make that happen."

He added: "[Costa Rica and Mexico are] arguably the two best teams (apart from the US).

"It's going to be two hard games. Our team is full of confidence. We're going to Costa Rica with expectations that we can get something out of the game. A win would be great, but even getting a point there would be huge."

The US sits on top of CONCACAF's hexagonal group with 13 points from six outings, two ahead of Costa Rica, and five clear of Mexico with the top three teams granted qualification into the finals in Brazil next year.

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Andrew Slevison
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