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He has been the face of American soccer for close to a decade now, and Landon Donovan had another strong season for the red, white and blue in 2011.
Donovan did help the United States obtain some strong results early in the tournament. However, it was his benching against Jamaica in the quarterfinals of the tournament that gained the most attention.
It was the first time that Donovan started a match on the bench for the Americans since June 9, 2007, against Trinidad and Tobago (which ironically was also in the Gold Cup).
In the semifinal, Donovan also started on the bench, but help to set up the winning goal for Clint Dempsey. In the final, Donovan scored the Americans' second and final goal, the only tally he had for the national team in all of 2011.
However, Donovan will remain an important fixture on the national team in 2012 with the start of World Cup qualifying. He may no longer be an automatic starter, but Donovan will certainly remain a critical part of the American's squad for at least the next several years.