One of American soccer’s most notable faces has decided to come out of retirement. After calling it quits for 21 months, Landon Donovan announced on September 8th that he will be returning to his former MLS club, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy are expecting the 34-year-old to be suited and ready to play as early as Sunday, September 11th.
Donovan claims the decision to return to the game he loves came to him after seeing three Galaxy players get sidelined due to injury during an August game. In a Facebook post Donovan wrote, “I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my family and close friends over the past several days and we all agreed that this would be a wonderful opportunity and a win-win situation for everyone.”
Donovan is undoubtedly one of American soccer’s greatest all-time players. He is the all-time leader in goals and assists for Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team.
Now, the Galaxy have to hope that Landon has kept himself in soccer shape. After all, he hasn’t played a competitive game since 2014 and the Galaxy need all the help they can get. The Galaxy have won just one of their last eight matches and have dealt with a plague of injuries. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Landon Donovan can produce the soccer magic he was once known for.