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Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy (tight shot)

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Landon Donovan is following the lead of US national team teammate Tim Howard.

No, Donovan has no plans to grow a mammoth, caveman-like beard similar to that of Howard — at least, not that we're aware of.

Instead, the USMNT's all-time leader in goals scored and assists made will make his television analyst debut next week as a part of FOX Sports 1's UEFA Champions League coverage.

Donovan will also preview his Champions League role on Monday night as part of the nightly show FOX Sports Live, which airs at 11 pm ET, according to a release from FOX Sports.

Donovan has always shown to possess a highly soccer-intelligent mind, as well as an uncanny way of speaking very directly and to the point. If he disagrees with something someone has said, he rarely shies away from expressing his side of affairs.

If the LA Galaxy star could just launch just one quality takedown of an Eric Wynalda theory while on-air, a fair portion of the American soccer public would likely be ready to welcome him with open arms as a regular on the panel.

If you recall, Howard joined NBC's Arlo White in the booth earlier this year for the call of a live Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City. White said then that it was one of the first instances that he could recall of a still current Premier League player making a foray into the broadcasting booth.

Donovan himself is quite excited for what next week holds.