Landon Donovan still not back to soccer yet

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Craig Stouffer

Even Landon Donovan wasn't going to turn down an invitation to the White House.

U.S. Soccer's most decorated player emerged from his sabbatical from soccer on Tuesday to join the Los Angeles Galaxy as they were honored by President Obama for their second straight MLS Cup championship alongside fellow Anschutz Entertainment Group team Los Angeles Kings, who were honored as well.

Donovan, 31, hasn't played since that game on Dec. 1, having declared earlier in the year he'd go on a leave of absence due to mental and physical fatigue.

When the U.S. team got hammered in Honduras, Donovan was still in self-imposed exile. While the MLS season kicked off earlier this month, pictures surfaced of Donovan playing pickup games in Cambodia. He took part in training with the University of Wisconsin last week -- his brother lives in the area -- the first real proof that he isn't abandoning the game altogether.

After hobnobbing with the President, Donovan is expected to rejoin the Galaxy on the field this week. They're undefeated (2-0-1) this year without him.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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