Retirement didn’t last long for the MLS and United States legend.
Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to play for the LA Galaxy again. Blake Thomsen of SI.com was first to report and multiple outlets have since confirmed that the 34-year-old forward is in talks to re-join his former team.
Donovan retired from soccer in 2014 after one of his best seasons ever in MLS, scoring 10 goals and adding 19 assists as the Galaxy won the MLS Cup. He is both the league’s all-time top scorer with 144 goals and the league’s all-time assists leader with 136.
LA will have salary cap room to sign Donovan after the Galaxy and Nigel de Jong agreed to mutually terminate the midfielder’s contract. De Jong has since signed with Turkish super club Galatasaray.
Donovan’s return comes at a critical time for the Galaxy, who have been hit with injuries recently. Defender Jelle Van Damme and midfielder Steven Gerrard have missed time and forward Gyasi Zardes isn’t expected back until the playoffs due to a broken bone in his right foot.
It will be interesting to see what kind of shape Donovan is in after a two-year absence from the sport.