Landon Donovan makes debut for Bayern Munich
Landon Donovan played his first Bundesliga match for Bayern Munich, entering late in the second half of a 1-0 loss to Hamburg SV on Friday night.
The American forward replaced Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 77th minute of the Bundesliga's first game following its six-week winter break, and played wide on the right alongside forwards Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.
Donovan, on loan to Bayern from Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy through March 8, had several nice touches for Bayern.
Just 26, Donovan is the U.S. national team scoring leader with 37 goals in 105 international appearances and is a five-time U.S. player of the year. Playing alongside David Beckham, he led MLS with 20 goals last season.
This is Donovan's third stint in Germany. He signed a six-year deal with Bayern Leverkusen as a 16-year-old in 1999, but didn't get in a game during two years and was loaned to MLS's San Jose Earthquakes in 2001.
After four seasons in MLS, he rejoined Leverkusen in January 2005. He made nine appearances — seven in the Bundesliga and two in the European Champions League — but just two of them were starts. Late that March, he returned to MLS with the Galaxy.
He trained with Bayern last November following the end of Los Angeles' season and was loaned to the defending Bundesliga champions. Donovan, who may want to remain with Bayern, scored four goals in five exhibitions during the winter break, then made his official debut for Bayern on Tuesday when he replaced Toni in the 67th minute of a 5-1 victory at Stuttgart in a German Cup match.
Mladen Petric scored for Hamburg in the 44th minute, ending an 11-game unbeaten streak for Bayern, which hadn't lost since Sept. 27. Hamburg (11-4-3) moved into first place with 36 points, one ahead of Hoffenheim (11-4-2) and Bayern (10-3-5).