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In 2013, Donovan's absence from the national team at the beginning of the year was a controversial one as he took a self-imposed sabbatical to Cambodia during the MLS offseason.
When Donovan finally made nice with manager Jurgen Klinsmann, he came back with a vengeance that summer.
Donovan scored five goals in the 2013 Gold Cup that saw the U.S. defeat Panama in the final in Chicago.
The midfield veteran's role in the team was in question all throughout his leave, but he answered all of his critics with his dominant showing in the tournament.
After the Gold Cup was won, Donovan returned to his spot in the first team for the final World Cup qualifiers in September and October.