Veteran forward Landon Donovan is once again back within the ranks of Major League Soccer. After previously retiring from the game of soccer back in 2014, Donovan rejoined his LA Galaxy teammates on Thursday while the club confirmed a slew of previous reports with the following video:
He's back. pic.twitter.com/tOEduyVv7u
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 8, 2016
However, it remains to be seen as to why Donovan has elected to return to Los Angeles for another go-round with the Galaxy.
Because the now 34-year-old was unsigned, he is eligible to join the club as soon as the league signs off on his new contract. With the news now confirmed by the Galaxy, it seems as though the veteran forward has returned just in time before next week’s deadline to set rosters.
Upon calling it a career back in 2014, Donovan proclaimed that he was burnt out from playing the game of soccer. His announcement also came just six months after being cut from the United States’ national team by head coach Juergen Klinsmann.
Despite being cut by Klinsmann prior to the start of the 2014 World Cup, he led the Galaxy to a MLS Cup title in 2014 while previously retiring on a high-note. It is also worth noting that Donovan still stands as the United States’ all-time leading scorer and is now eligible for selection to the national team.
Not only has Donovan performed well on the international stage but also on the MLS stage as he returns to Los Angeles as the league’s all-time leader in both goals and assists.