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Donovan proud of US

Associated Press / July 3, 2010

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CARSON, Calif. — A week after a disappointing loss in the World Cup, Landon Donovan said yesterday he is proud of the United States team’s overall performance.

“At the same time, I think we felt that the Ghana game was a game we should’ve won,’’ Donovan said after his first practice with the Los Angeles Galaxy since returning from South Africa.

Ghana ousted the US with a 2-1 overtime victory last Saturday in the second round.

Donovan, who with three World Cup goals was the undisputed star of the US team, said he feels pride in the US’s progress during the past several World Cups.

“People assume that there’s linear progression from World Cup to World Cup,’’ Donovan said. “It couldn’t be further from the truth. France and Italy were in the final four years ago and neither of them got out of their group.

“The fact that we’ve now qualified for six in a row, and that we’ve gotten out of our group two out of the last three, I think is a fantastic achievement for our country.’’

Donovan attributed much of that progress to head coach Bob Bradley, who has guided the team since 2007. Bradley’s contract expires at the end of the year.

“I think Bob has done a fantastic job,’’ Donovan said. “The most telling thing about Bob’s tenure, and all the players talked about this, is that there was no game we went into that we were in awe of or feared our opponent.’’

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