Landon Donovan's busy schedule 

November, 2, 2011

When Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. roster for this month's friendlies is announced later this week, there's a good chance Landon Donovan's name will be on it.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that the national team's all-time scoring leader will actually play for the Yanks in France and Slovenia. Should Los Angeles advance this weekend to the Nov. 20 MLS Cup, Donovan could skip the second match against the Slovenians on Nov. 15 and perhaps the tilt against Les Bleus, too.

"I think Jurgen understands the importance of the final," the Galaxy star told the blog Sunday following LA's playoff-opening win over the New York Red Bulls. "I would be shocked if anyone who's in the final gets called in."

That's the precedent set by previous coaches Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena, anyway; this isn't first time an official FIFA fixture date has fallen in the week leading up to the domestic league's championship match. What is different this time around, though, is that MLS scheduled a two-week break between the semis and final to accommodate international games.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.