Thursday, June 24, 2010
After scoring the last minute goal against Algeria to clinch USA passage into the 2nd round of the 2010 World Cup at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa, Landon Donovan tributed that all important and historic goal to a mysterious woman named Bianca.
Landon Donovan is USA's own Pele and Maradona, having played superbly in the past in all competitions.
His goal scoring ability and passing skills as well as dead ball situations expertise, is an asset to the current USA side.
Well the Bianca in question is in fact Donovan's ex wife.
Bianca Kajlich (pronounced "kay-lick"), is a 33-year-old actress whom he married on New Year's Eve 2006.
Bianca and Landon separated in December 2009, a few days shy of their three-year anniversary.
So why would a sportsman pay tribute to his ex-wife after one of the most important moments of his career? After the game, Donovan said:
"I have carried her with me all through this tournament and she means lot to me. She is a very special person and she means a lot to me."
It appears that the separation was not only amicable, but beneficial to his career, as he recently explained:
"I think every comment I got when I told people I was getting divorced was, 'I'm so sorry,' " said Donovan, speaking on Day 2 of the USA national team training camp. "It is not always the case that it has to be 'sorry.'
"Sometimes you learn more from those moments than anything. For me that was certainly the case. It doesn't have to be something ugly or nasty. It can be helpful and you can grow from it. That is what we both took from it."
It's obvious that the U.S. goalscoring hero is still fond of his former flame, but we wanted to know whether the kiss-blowing tribute is a sign of reconciliation. Shortly after the incident, Yahoo! Sports asked Donovan if love is in the air, and he smiled, winked and playfully said:
"What is this, Access Hollywood!?"