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Donovan replaces Keane as MLS All-Star

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber has selected LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan as a replacement for injured LA Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane for Wednesday’s 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against AS Roma (9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS).

Now in his 13th MLS season, Donovan is among the best players in league history. Donovan won his record-tying fifth MLS Cup title with LA last December, took an extended offseason, and has returned to top form. For the Galaxy, Donovan had three goals and six assists in 13 games before joining the U.S. national team, where he tallied an unprecedented seven goals and seven assists in the past six games – all wins. Donovan will represent the United States again Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama. Earlier this month, Donovan became the first U.S. player to tally 50 goals and 50 assists, and he is the fourth man in CONCACAF history to score 50 international goals.

“Landon (Donovan) is a great addition to the MLS All-Star team. Obviously his form is fantastic right now and his impact and representation of Major League Soccer throughout his career is immeasurable,” All-Star head coach Peter Vermes said.

This is Donovan’s League-record 13th consecutive All-Star selection dating back to 2001, his first season in the league.

Keane sustained a left hip flexor strain against the Portland Timbers on July 13th and has missed the LA Galaxy’s last match.