Donovan pens new MLS contract

Donovan pens new MLS contract

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Donovan pens new MLS contract

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Landon Donovan is set to embark on a new career adventure in England, but not before securing his future here in the United States.

The Los Angeles Galaxy has signed Donovan to a lucrative new multi-year contract that will push him into the company of Major League Soccer's Millionaires Club with the likes of David Beckham, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Freddie Ljungberg, sources told SBI on Wednesday.

Details of the new deal were not made available, but Donovan is expected to receive a considerable salary increase that will put him on par with the league's Designated Players. The Galaxy do not need second Designated Player slot because Donovan was grandfathered into the rule since he was already making well above the league maximum salary when the Designated Player rule was implemented by MLS.

What does this new deal mean for Donovan's potential future in Europe?

We are willing to bet that the new contract includes a modest fee-release clause that will allow Donovan some more freedom to make a transfer move if quality offers come in this summer after the 2010 World Cup.

The Galaxy will announce the new deal, along with Donovan's winter loan move to Everton, at a press conference in Los Angeles this afternoon.

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