The LA Galaxy are ravaged by injuries these days, but they could get reinforcements in the form of an American soccer legend.
According to reports, Landon Donovan is nearing a return that would see the forward come out of retirement to join the Galaxy as a player for the remainder of the season. The Los Angeles Times says an announcement could come as soon as Thursday.
(Update: Both Donovan and the Galaxy took to social media to confirm the deal on Thursday evening. Donovan will wear No. 26 upon his return to the team.
“I have decided to come out of retirement to play the rest of the 2016 MLS season with the LA Galaxy,” said Donovan in a statement. “An opportunity opened up and after discussing it with those close to me, it felt like the right decision to return to a club that has meant so much to me. I am very excited to be back and I will do everything I can to help the Galaxy, both on and off the field.”
“I don’t think I need to tell anyone what Landon has accomplished in our sport,” added Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. “He’s truly been a great player. Now, Landon wishes to take on another challenge and I believe he has all the qualities necessary to be a player who can help the LA Galaxy in 2016.”)
Nigel de Jong’s exit to Galatasaray has freed up cap space and an open roster spot to accommodate Donovan, who retired from soccer at the end of the 2014 season after winning MLS Cup with LA.
The Galaxy are dealing with a slew of injuries, specifically to forward Gyasi Zardes and midfielder Steven Gerrard. The 34-year-old Donovan could give LA a much-needed boost up front as the playoffs approach.
What do you think of the news? Can Donovan make a major impact for the Galaxy?
Share your thoughts below.