Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to play for Galaxy

Written By Bob Hille
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Landon Donovan is rejoining the Los Angeles Galaxy for the remainder of the MLS season.

Reports circulated ahead of Thursday's announcement. The team confirmed the deal and included a video in a Twitter post.

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The video answered another question about Donovan's return. In it, he pulls on a No. 26 Galaxy uniform, signaling that he won't take back his No. 10 from its current holder, Giovani dos Santos.

Donovan expanded on his decision in a Facebook post, explaining that the move came about quickly after the Galaxy lost Steven Gerrard, Gyasi Zardes and Jelle Van Damme to injury and Nigel de Jong to a transfer in recent weeks.

"Since my retirement, I have remained in close contact with many of the staff and players on the Galaxy," Donovan wrote. "I spoke with some of them that week and they jokingly asked if I was ready to make a return to the field to help fill some of the void left by the injuries and departures. I reminded them that I haven’t played a meaningful soccer game in almost two years and I certainly couldn’t fill the holes left by those players.

"Over the ensuing days, I began to think about their inquiries and it struck me that perhaps this is something I should consider. I care so deeply about the Galaxy organization, and I believe I could help in a small way to aid the team in its quest for a 6th MLS championship."

Citing burnout, Donovan, 34, retired after leading the Galaxy to its fifth MLS Cup title in the 2014 season. Six months earlier, Donovan was cut from the U.S. men's national team by coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Donovan is MLS's all-time leading scorer with 169 goals and the only player to win six MLS Cups. The league's MVP trophy is named for him.

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He is also the U.S. men's national team's all-time leading scorer with 57 goals.

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