Wearing the number 13 jersey, Landon Donovan made his Bayern Munich debut in Saturday's 3-2 friendly win against Al Jazeera Sports Club. The American, who registered an assist off a lovely leave for Bastian Schweinsteiger, was one of two players on Jurgen Klinsmann's squad to play the full 90.
The United States international made his presence felt throughout the match, nearly scoring on a half-volley in the 6th minute and forcing a diving save from the Al Jazeera keeper in the 25th minute.
From Goal.com's recap of the game:
"Donovan had a hand in the build-up to the first Bayern goal, when Bastian Schweinsteiger struck in the 31st minute.Goal.com's commentators thought the Los Angeles Galaxy man played well, but questioned his fitness.
When Donovan was taken down for a freekick in the second half, Daniel van Buyten converted the dead-ball opportunity for a 2-1 lead for Bayern. Donovan went the distance in the match, playing the entire 90 minutes."
dru, mass, usa: "good work landon... you played well in the 1st half but need to work on the fitness for the full 90. keep working."
Dylan, Houston: "i wouldnt attach to much to him playing the full 90, he probably needs to get a little more fit. i honestly dont think hes going to play that much in bayern, but the experience will help"
The New York Post's sports blog (did anyone know the New York Post had a sports blog?) praised the American while making the questionable assertion that the 11 players who started against Al Jazeera represented the Klinsmann's "first-choice lineup."
Well, nobody can say Landon Donovan is being buried at Bayern Munich.
Jurgen Klinsmann tried out 19 players in a 3-2 friendly win over Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira today, but Donovan was one of just two that went the full 90. And what bodes well isn't that he just got a chance to shine, but he actually seized it -- and against a good team.
Playing against the UAE League leaders and Asian Champions League contenders, Klinsmann apparently went with his first-choice lineup that was playing right before Christmas break. And Donovan was in the First XI, alongside Luca Toni.
Perhaps the best sign, however, came from the write-up on Bayern's official. Web site, which had nothing but high marks for the 26-year-old.
Donovan looked mobile on his maiden outing in a Bayern jersey, narrowly failing to net a tricky half-volley but setting up Schweinsteiger for the equaliser with an intelligent pass into the inside-right channel.
Video highlights from the game, which prominently feature Donovan, here or below.
Noah Davis covers the United States National Team for Goal.com.