Donovan shows off commitment to San Diego bid

San Diego's group seeking an MLS expansion team is one of the deepest.

It includes Mike Stone, founder and managing partner of FS Investors, which is spearheading the development effort, Peter Seidler, the managing partner of the baseball Padres, and Univision Deportes president Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

Former women's national team star Shannon MacMillan is also part of the effort. But none of its backers is better known than Landon Donovan, who moved to the San Diego area after retiring from the LA Galaxy for a second time after the 2016 season.

Donovan, who has played an active role in FS Investors' effort to win approval for its SoccerCity development on the site of Qualcomm Stadium, was one of many soccer supporters to appear before the San Diego city council Monday on a key vote.

He would have been excused if he had skipped the meeting at which the city council unanimously agreed to put the measure on the November 2018 general election ballot.

“I just came from the hospital," he said. "My wife just went into labor. I told her I was staying with her and she said, 'No, you’re going to the meeting.' She said we have a son at home and we have one on the way in a few hours. She said at one point in their lives they're going to Google this process and they’re going to Google you and they’re going to get one of two answers. They’re going to get Qualcomm Stadium that’s still sitting there or they’re going to get SoccerCity."

Donovan does television work for Fox Sports and missed the USA-Mexico game in Mexico City and the Confederations Cup to be with his wife.
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