Two members of Bob Bradley’s Confederations Cup squad were excited to be back with their club teams and looking forward to their derby showdown.
After a long run with the U.S. National Team, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, and Sacha Kljestan will all be involved in Los Angeles’ SuperClasico on Saturday. Two of those players, Borstein and Donovan, expressed their excitement to be back with their clubs after the trip to
“That experience was good for myself and I think Jonny and Sacha, who is also back now,” Donovan said of the Confederations Cup. “But when you get back here, you're excited to get back with your teammates again. We've been on a good stretch lately. I want to help that.”
Bornstein was in a similar state of mind, quickly switching from national team talk back to his club side.
“We had a very nice time,” the defender said, before moving on to talking about Chivas
Coming off of one of the most important matches in U.S. Soccer history, it would be understandable if the returning stars didn’t view a midseason match up with the same kind of vigor, but Donovan insisted that Saturday’s match would be very important for him.
“This is a big game,” the
“In years past, it might have been difficult to be motivated, but now I'm a different player and every game motivates me. I love being with this team and I love to win. It's a big game for us.”
This particular match has also taken on another storyline. Alecko Eskandarian was traded from Chivas
“I actually feel more comfortable facing Alecko,” Bornstein said. “We practiced against each other all year. He's a great player, so you can never say you know someone's game or anything. I'm just looking forward to the battle it's going to be and hopefully I can come out on top, winning more battles over him than anything. But it should be a good test for us.”
Eskandarian admitted that playing against his former club could cause a bit of a chess match with a back line that understands his game so well, but said that he would let it change his game.
“When you go over a year playing against guys, not just Jonny, but all those guys, you do learn their tendencies and their strengths and weaknesses and things like that,” the striker, who opened his
The SuperClasico will have its next installment Saturday night at . The Galaxy are coming off a 1-0 win over
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