When it rains for the U.S. soccer team, it pours. Just a day after the American squad was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup after a grueling, heartbreaking extra time defeat at the hands of the Black Stars of Ghana, Sports Illustrated reported that midfielder Landon Donovan, the hero of the team's run to the round of 16, may have gotten a British woman pregnant while he was on loan to the Premier League club Everton last year. And while he was still married to his estranged wife, Bianca Kajlich, with whom he began trying to reconcile after the U.S. team's stunning injury-time win over Algeria. Oh, Landon. So much pain.
The legendarily rabid British tabloids are reporting that Landon knocked up an unnamed Englishwoman and that he learned of the pregnancy while in South Africa. Landon gave a statement to SI.com on Saturday, saying, "I was informed of the possibility during the World Cup, and if I need to take responsibility, then I will provide the appropriate support. This is a private matter and I will refrain from further comment at this time." John Edwards' Love-Child Hush-Money Cover-Up
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Landon and Bianca married in 2006 and separated last year, although he said last week they weren't officially divorced. They were reportedly on the verge of a reconciliation last week, according to a friend of hers, who said, "It would surprise no one if Landon and Bianca were back together very soon. They have remained in contact and are very close to one another." And Landon publicly credited Bianca with helping him become a better soccer player and person, saying about their breakup last year, "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." Should I Let Him See Others During Our Separation?