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:
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.
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
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.