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Star-studded Galaxy Shines In Tempe

Hey Valley of the Sun,

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Did you know that one of the heroes of the 2010 U.S. World Cup soccer team was in Tempe today?

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Landon Donovan and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates beat the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, in Major League Soccer preseason action Monday at ASU’s soccer stadium.

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The game was labeled “closed door,” but they let me in so how closed could it have been?

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Donovan played the entire 90 minutes. Afterward, he and another Galaxy star, Juan Pablo Angel, left quickly to catch a flight back to L.A. They were not going to play in Tuesday’s scheduled rematch against Vancouver, so they were excused to go home a day before the rest of the team.

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David Beckham, American soccer’s favorite Englishman, was not present. He’s finishing training with English club Tottenham Hotspur and will be with the Galaxy later in the week.