Landon Donovan says he is set to come out of retirement for the second time in his career to join Liga MX club Leon.
The 35-year-old, who retired from the LA Galaxy after winning the MLS Cup in the 2014 season and then came out of retirement to play for the club in 2016, has signed a one-year deal with Leon, the club’s president confirmed in a phone interview with FOX Deportes Mexico.
In a statement on Twitter, Donovan said: “I loved the City. You have the best fans. @clubleonfc is a historic and winning team. I do not believe in walls, I want to go to Mexico, wear green and win trophies with Leon. See you soon!”
Presidente: me encantó la Ciudad. Es la mejor afición. @clubleonfc es un equipo histórico y ganador. No creo en los muros, quiero ir a México, vestirme de verde y ganar trofeos con León. Nos vemos muy pronto! https://t.co/Xqm4jX2hW7
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018
Club Leon president Jesus Martinez responded: “I knew it, you always wanted to use green. Welcome to #LaFiera! You are already a player of @clubleonfc.”
The club also posted the following Tweet to their official account:
— Club León (@clubleonfc) January 13, 2018
Donovan, who is the joint all-time leading scorer with Clint Dempsey on the U.S. national team, won six MLS Cups over the course of his career in Major League Soccer — two with the San Jose Earthquakes and four with the Galaxy.
Donovan has done broadcast work since retiring and was rumored to be considering a run for U.S. Soccer Federation president, but announced in November that he would not seek the position.
Leon are in fifth place in Liga MX after just one game at the start of the 2018 Clausura. As of now there is no timeline for when Donovan will begin to train or play with the team.
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