Donovan back for next round of World Cup qualifying

CHICAGO - Landon Donovan will be back with the Americans when they resume World Cup qualifying next week.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed the Americans' all-time leading scorer for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical.

But Donovan redeemed himself -- and then some -- with his play in last month's Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title. He's continued his dazzling play with the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring four goals in three games.

The Americans resume their qualifying campaign Sept. 6 in Costa Rica, then return home four days later for a game against archrival Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. They currently top the qualifying group from the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

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