Bienvenido, Landon Donovan, indeed

For the second time in three years, Landon Donovan is coming out of the retirement. Mexico club Leon announced late on Friday night he was joining the team for Liga MX's Torneo Clausura.



Donovan signaled the move in a tweet to Leon president Jesus Martinez: "I loved the city, it's the best fans. Club Leon is a historic and winning team. I don't believe in walls. I want to go to Mexico, wear green and win trophies with Leon. We'll see each other very soon!" No details of the move where provided by Leon or Donovan.

After retiring with his sixth MLS championship in 2014, Donovan took a year off before returning to the LA Galaxy for the latter part of the 2016 season when he played six games.

The 35-year-old Donovan joins one of the traditional powers of Mexican soccer with seven league titles. Until recently, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil telecommunication business was part owner of Grupo Puchuca, which owns Pachuca and Leon.

Leon's goalkeeper is Mexican-bred American keeper William Yarbrough. Los Esmeraldas just signed another MLS player, landing Gilles Barnes, who played last season with Vancouver and Orlando City.

In retirement, Donovan has been working for Fox Sports -- he's listed as one of the network's analysts for the World Cup in June -- and worked in 2017 on San Diego's bid to earn an MLS team. He is also a part owner of Swansea City. (And, yes, the MLS MVP award is still named after him.)

After he retired, Donovan moved to Del Mar, north of San Diego, where he lives with his wife, a San Diego native, and two small children.
5 comments about "Bienvenido, Landon Donovan, indeed".
  1. Wooden Ships, January 13, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

    Nothing wrong with going to Mexico and continuing to play. Don’t believe in walls, okay. LD’s always been a talented (obviously) player and equally peculiar personality. Is this now about statement making, I hope not? Wishing him and family the best.

  2. Keith Bantz replied, January 13, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

    Landon will be a pleasure to watch and I wish him (as all Americans should) the best of luck and success!

  3. I w Nowozeniuk, January 13, 2018 at 11:44 a.m.

    LD still lives in a fantasy bubble. Fifteen years ago he couldn't hit his stride in the Bundesliga and later in the EPL. Now at 35 yoa, he wants a crack in the MXL; Really!!! His choice should have been MLS, where at 35, he would be more successful with MLS standards.

  4. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.

    IW, I agree , he still has an itch for he retired to early. The MLS to him might mean more fighting for the league is less technical and for an old guy that could bring more problems. In Mexico the game is more technical and the players are also more his size and therefore less stressing. I hope the best for him, we'll see.

  5. Ric Fonseca, January 13, 2018 at 11:11 p.m.

    Why the chest beating, amigos?  Damn, let the guy do hi thing, sad it isn't with the LAFC!!! 

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