OFFICIAL: Landon Donovan is back.
UPDATE: Kevin Baxter from the LA Times confirms Landon Donovan is returning to the LA Galaxy.
Sources linked to Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy have released word that the 34 year old is expressing interest in coming out of retirement and joining his former team for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Donovan’s last appearance was in the MLS Cup Final in 2014, when the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution, securing the club’s fifth MLS cup. His last international team appearance was in October of that same year.
This attempt to return from absence is not Landon’s first time. 2012 saw the US national team star take a short hiatus to Cambodia due to exhaustion, to then return and win an MLS Cup.
How he will circumvent the roster rules of MLS is in question at the moment if these rumors hold true. However, Major League Soccer’s history with developing methods to legalize actions on the fly is well known and documented. The possibility of Donovan’s return while being linked to a recently published transaction rule is a possibility.
Landon has won six MLS Cups in his career – two with the San Jose Earthquakes and four with the Galaxy – as well as two Supporters Shields and a US Open Cup in Los Angeles. He has been named to the MLS Best XI an astonishing seven times, was named MLS MVP once, and currently holds the record for most goals in MLS history. His individual accolades also extend to the Gold Cup and World Cup.