He’s back. One of Major League Soccer’s greatest players, two-time MVP Landon Donovan, is returning to the game, according to Blake Thomsen of Sports Illustrated. The news has since been confirmed by several outlets, including Grant Wahl of Fox Sports.
Have independently confirmed @blakecthomsen‘s original report that Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to play for LA Galaxy. Big.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 8, 2016
The previously retired 34-year-old California native is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy, with the belief being it will be for the remainder of the season, though nothing official has been announced.
After beginning his MLS career with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001, he joined the Galaxy in 2005 where he played for nearly a decade. He’s the club’s all-time leading goal scorer with 140 goals in 308 games and one of the most recognized faces in U.S. soccer history.
With the Galaxy he won the MLS Cup four times, the last coming in his final season in 2014.
The news comes as a huge surprise as it has been a couple years since he has played. His fitness level must be high or else a signing like this would make little sense. The Galaxy currently has Robbie Keane, Giovani Dos Santos and an injured Gyasi Zardes in attack, among others.
The Galaxy are in third place in the Western Conference with 44 points and in prime position to make the playoffs. Could LD be the one to make a difference in the postseason and guide the team to another MLS Cup?
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Landon Donovan reportedly comes out of retirement to sign with LA Galaxy