Donovan Tests Positive For H1N1 Virus

Donovan Tests Positive For H1N1 Virus

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 13, 2009
  • 10 Comments
  • Landon Donovan
So this is why Landon disappeared after the US goal. (Getty Images)

So this is why Landon disappeared after the US goal. (Getty Images)

You know I had a bad feeling about yesterday’s game in Mexico for this very reason. We all know Mexico has been the epicenter of the H1N1 flu virus outbreak (commonly known as the swine flu). Turns out one of our own guys on the US men’s national team has tested positive for the virus.

Grant Wahl is reporting tonight that Landon Donovan has tested positive for the virus. While he said he didn’t contract it down in Mexico, the conditions at the Azteca yesterday sure didn’t help.

“I felt something when I got into Miami on Sunday,” Donovan said. “I just felt real bad and finally went to see the doctor. They took a swab from my nose and confirmed it, so that was that.”

“I haven’t felt that way in a game in a long time,” Donovan said from Los Angeles. “During the game and even after the game I thought maybe it was the altitude, the heat, whatever. But even so I’ve never felt that bad. The last time I was there [at Estadio Azteca] I didn’t feel that bad. I just felt lethargic, slow. I didn’t feel normal.”

No word yet on if Donovan will miss any time with the LA Galaxy here because of this. He said that if he is good to go he will play. Just kind of a weird thing to hear something like this.

Hopefully Donovan will be fine and not miss any time due to this virus. Get well soon Landon!

  • GHM

    Interesting….I heard Clarence Goodson also had it (swine flu) the Monday following the Gold Cup final and had to withdraw from consideration for the Mexico trip.

  • martha

    Just one comment.<br />
    <br />
    As I commented to the New York Times, …<br />
    <br />
    I am sorry to learn that Donovan tested H1N1 in the U.S. before his flight to Mexico city.<br />
    <br />
    Which means that he very likely infected dozens of passengers on the plane, American Embassy officials, if they picked him up at the airport, employees, hotel guests, his own team and anyone else he came in contact with, plus 105,000 spectators.<br />
    <br />
    sorry, its just the thought.

  • GHM

    Interesting….I heard Clarence Goodson also had it (swine flu) the Monday following the Gold Cup final and had to withdraw from consideration for the Mexico trip.

  • US Official Tabloid

    Well shucks man, it did seem like quite the coinky-dink at first&hellip; given that he was in swine-flu land. But hey, I&rsquo;d hate Mexico anyway. Not out of xenophobia, but because they don&rsquo;t have a single player who&rsquo;s not a total jackass.<br />
    <br />
    If Lamps or Rio came back from some third world country with some bizarre illness I think you guys over there would get a little curious too.<br />
    <br />
    More information on US Official Tabloid Gossip<br />
    gossipslander.blogspot.com

  • martha

    Dear Gossip–<br />
    <br />
    You dont seem to know very much except for soccer. It has been proved by several scientists that H1N1 was not originated in Mexico, but somewhere else. <br />
    <br />
    I'll let you guess.

  • martha

    Just one comment.

    As I commented to the New York Times, …

    I am sorry to learn that Donovan tested H1N1 in the U.S. before his flight to Mexico city.

    Which means that he very likely infected dozens of passengers on the plane, American Embassy officials, if they picked him up at the airport, employees, hotel guests, his own team and anyone else he came in contact with, plus 105,000 spectators.

    sorry, its just the thought.

  • US Official Tabloid Gossip

    Well shucks man, it did seem like quite the coinky-dink at first… given that he was in swine-flu land. But hey, I’d hate Mexico anyway. Not out of xenophobia, but because they don’t have a single player who’s not a total jackass.

    If Lamps or Rio came back from some third world country with some bizarre illness I think you guys over there would get a little curious too.

    More information on US Official Tabloid Gossip
    gossipslander.blogspot.com

  • martha

    Dear Gossip–

    You dont seem to know very much except for soccer. It has been proved by several scientists that H1N1 was not originated in Mexico, but somewhere else.

    I’ll let you guess.

  • martha

    Oh, by the way, Mr.Gossip-<br />
    <br />
    The last &ldquo;Official Gossip&rdquo; web page I knew about was in a Homer Simpson's cartoon and it did not have a normal ending.

  • martha

    Oh, by the way, Mr.Gossip-

    The last “Official Gossip” web page I knew about was in a Homer Simpson’s cartoon and it did not have a normal ending.