“This will be the first time in club history that we will play Club Leon in any competition, and the first time that former Earthquakes player and soccer legend Landon Donovan will play at Avaya Stadium," said Earthquakes president Tom Fox in a team statement. “We have hosted some great international opponents during the past years, and this match is poised to be extra special.”
Donovan, who turns 36 March 4, started his pro career with the Quakes in 2001 on loan and helped them win two MLS Cups before he left in a transfer to Bayer Leverkusen after the 2004 season. He quickly returned a few months later to play for the Galaxy, with which he won four more MLS Cup crowns. He retired after the 2014 season, came back to the Galaxy to play six games in 2016, then retired again.
He debuted for Leon last weekend in a league match against Puebla, entering as a sub in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 victory. The Quakes open their MLS season schedule March 3 at home agianst Minnesota United.