In honor of the one and only Landon Donovan, who will be conspicuous by his absence when the 2013 MLS season kicks off tomorrow, our WAG of the week is Bianca Kajlich, former ballet dancer, current castmember of CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, and onetime spouse of U.S. Soccer’s wayward son.
Kajlich and Donovan were married from 2006 to 2010, and after his epochal goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup (while they were separated but not divorced), LD threw her a “Hi Bianca” during a postgame interview.
The split was made official in December 2010 and Kajlich has since remarried, while Donovan has won a pair of MLS Cup titles, starred at Everton and then, most recently, suffered a career burnout that has him vacationing in Cambodia while the MLS season gets under way.
Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. fans are hoping for his swift and reenergized return.
But we all know LD’s story.
Let’s have another glimpse of Ms. Kajlich:
Goodness gracious. Happy Friday, all.
Remember this one? She was a spirited lass. Of course, we’re using the term WAG very loosely here, but it’s late on a Friday, so let’s just say that for one brief, enjoyable interlude, she was the U.S. Soccer community’s missus.
Broadcaster Christian Miles did not hold back in his assessment—“Not too shabby!”—and there was even a replay of her dash, which may be a first in the history of U.S. pitch invaders.
Take a look:
A slipshod Google search did not turn up much info on this healthy female, so we don’t even know her name, but we seem to recall that she was offered, and accepted, an invitation to pose in a gentleman’s magazine soon after her stirring cameo in the U.S.–Honduras Olympic qualifier. Not sure how that turned out, but that could be a research project for the more enterprising readers out there.
(The U.S. won the game, btw, 1-0 on a stoppage-time penalty by Eddie Gaven.)
Enjoy the weekend.
Why is there a ZZ Top song in our heads right now?
Long-suffering U.S. and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is set to continue his (latest) comeback this weekend in fourth-round FA Cup action against Everton and U.S. keeper Tim Howard. (American defender Tim Ream should also feature in the match for Bolton.)
It’s been a long road back for Holden, and hopefully he stays injury-free this time. But what ever happens in the former Houston Dynamo man’s immediate future, things can’t get too bad so long as he has Ms. West (left) in his life.
Holden, as we recently recounted, had been sidelined by injuries for 16 months before returning to Bolton earlier this month. When he was knocked out of action, he had been playing extremely well and appeared to be on course to become a first-choice player for the U.S. national team.
That team could still use an in-form Holden as the final round of World Cup qualifying kicks into gear in February.
But let’s get back to Ms. West, a Columbus, Ohio, native who appeared on Project Runway in 2004.
Here she is again:
Happy Friday, all.
When you look at U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan, you might see a lanky midfielder with an ill-advised mustache.
But when English-born, American-bred model Jamie Lee Darley looks at him, she sees something else entirely. So much so that she married the guy this past summer. Darley (left) is a model and an occasional actress who finished runner-up in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Model Search.
Her man, for his part, is enjoying a bit of a career resurgence at the moment. His club team, Anderlecht, is on track to defend its Belgian Jupiler League title, cruising along with a 16-2-4 record as of this writing, and he has solidified himself as not only a starter but also a key figure for the team. This winter, he was a part of Anderlecht’s first Champions League entrant in seven years.
Kljestan has also worked himself back into the U.S. national team picture, getting selected by Jurgen Klinsmann for the October 2012 CONCACAF qualifiers, with more call-ups likely to follow in 2013.
But we digress. Here’s Miss Darley again. Enjoy:
Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero is about to become ex-Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero, and while his impending loan to Colombian side Millonarios is probably regrettable for most SSFC fans (his playoff failures notwithstanding), the deeper loss for MLS fans may be that of Fredy’s missus, Alexis, left.
Born Alexis Immig, she became Mrs. Montero last April. Married life apparently agreed with Fredy, as he bagged MLS career highs in goals (13) and assists (4) in 2012, and helped Seattle to a 15-8-11 record and their fourth straight berth in the MLS playoffs.
But there, again, Montero came up short, failing to score a goal or produce an assist in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. But enough about Montero’s shortcomings, and back to his better half. Here she is again:
And again, on her way to cheer on her man CenturyLink Field:
It looks like she won’t be doing that in 2013, and the Emerald City will be a little less lustrous for it.