Asked about the possibility of another jaunt to Europe come the winter, Donovan claimed he needs the extra rest in this World Cup year.
"If you ask me today I'm going to say, 'Unequivocally no,'" the American international told reporters after a Los Angeles Galaxy training session Thursday. "I'm tired and my body needs a break. But once I'm off for a few weeks it might be a different answer."
Donovan spent most of June and July with the United States national team in South Africa, competing in the World Cup.
The playmaker scored an injury time winner against Algeria in the group stages and a penalty against Ghana in the Round of 16. Thrice the USA came from behind to draw games, including the match against Ghana, which the U.S. lost in extra time to crash out of the competition.
Since his return to MLS action, Donovan has experienced a bit of a slump and hasn't scored in five straight games.
"I tell this to people all the time, to players: you don't realize how much a World Cup takes out of you. You see even players coming back to their seasons in Europe who have had a month off that are struggling," Donovan said.
"It takes a lot out of you. Mentally and emotionally it's tough to go through that, especially the way our World Cup went, and then come back and have that same passion and fire. That's challenging.
"I talked to [U.S. and Galaxy teammate] Edson [Buddle] about this and it's something I've looked up to myself. If you want to be a top player and a top professional, it's something you have to find a way to overcome, but it's not easy."
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