Longtime USMNT standout Landon Donovan was in town for former Sounder Steve Zakuani's charity match at Starfire Stadium, and he spoke warmly afterward about the impressive turnout.

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Longtime U.S. national team forward Landon Donovan was greeted much more warmly by Seattleites on Sunday than he had been during the 2014 Western Conference finals, won by his Galaxy on the way to his sixth MLS Cup.

Donovan was in town for former Sounder Steve Zakuani’s charity match at Starfire Stadium, and he was impressed by the turnout on a drizzly Northwest afternoon.

“Listen, this town has set the bar for what soccer culture is going to look like going forward,” Donovan said. “All of us, when we come here, there’s a special excitement here. When you walk around town, people know who we are. They all know who the Sounders players are. Those guys are celebrities here. That’s what it’s like in every other part of the world.”

Donovan’s (and Zakuani’s, and former USMNT defender Oguchi Onyewu’s) blue team edged the red 7-6. Former NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco was a late scratch following travel complications.