Goal may have saved Landon Donovan's marriage to Bianca Kajlich
On loan from our Weird Cousin Pete in SportsTalk: All you ladies who have just discovered U.S. soccer superstar Landon Donovan (and those of you, like Mrs. Juice*, who already knew), you'll have to hold your horses on that flight to South Africa for Saturday's match. Like the United States' bid in the World Cup, it looks like his Wednesday goal means he and actress almost-ex Bianca Kajlich aren't over just yet.
In his post-game interview after scoring a match-winning, stoppage time goal in a 1-0 victory over Algeria to advance to the Round of 16, Landon ended his comments by saying "Hi, Bianca," and blowing a kiss at the camera (watch it above). That was a bit shocking, since it's been widely reported he and the Rules of Engagement actress split last year after he returned from a loan to Germany's Bayern Munich.
“We are not officially divorced,” he told Yahoo! Sports, noting he and Kajlich talked on the phone into the wee hours. “We spoke last night; it was nice.”
Now it seems that his 2006 starter marriage has some life left in it, which is setting tongues wagging, even among people who aren't footie fans.
"It would surprise no one if Landon and Bianca were back together very soon,” the ubiquitous unnamed source told Yahoo!. “They have remained in contact and are very close to one another. The fact that Landon wanted to share his special moment with her is very significant.”
We'll see if these two can manage to get back together, since no matter what happens against Ghana on Saturday, Donovan is the new poster boy for American sports prowess. Think keeping a celebrity marriage together is difficult? Try it when chapters of Donovan's Darlings start popping up all over the lower 48.
[Photo: Landon and Bianca in 2007. Getty Images]