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Report: Landon Donovan to join Swansea ownership group

Photo by Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports
Photo by Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports

One of American soccer’s most recognized talents is set to join the ownership group that recently purchased a majority stake in Premier League side Swansea City.

According to ESPN FC, former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan is reportedly looking to become a minority partner in the consortium that took over the Swans on Sunday.

D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien and NBA executive Steve Kaplan led the group in the transaction, and Donovan is said to become a lead consultant in soccer-making decisions for the club.

It was also announced on Thursday that Donovan would take part in Fox Soccer’s coverage for Copa America as a network contributor during both pregame and postgame.┬áDonovan will also provide game analysis during several matches.

What do you think of the latest Donovan news? Will the 34-year-old be successful in his new role?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Of all the famous MLS English and US football stars who played in the EPL, and even those who have played for the Galaxy, it’s ironic that LD would get the first EPL ownership position!

      • He did mot make it. You cannot call a 6 game stretch as any proof. I don’t know how long you have been following soccer, but soccer is full of players that had good stretches that did not come close to that level again. Want a a recent example: Federico Macheda.

  2. This will be a good thing for LD. It will give him something positive to talk about on a regular basis and to finally move one.

      • Bradley only bunkering and countering is like Zardes always taking a bad touch. Yes, both do it from time to time, but its not the only thing they are capable of doing. But, I think its dumb to think oh American owners they’ll hire an American coach. How many Americans own teams in the top two flights of English football and how many American managers do they employ?

  3. Hoping this Yankee takeover could mean Bob Bradley in the Premiership…

    LD and Bob always got along fine as far as I remember (or am I forgetting anything)?

    • There are a lot of excellent European candidates that have yet to get as chance in the premiership. A lot of Americans seem to think Americans are being slighted in the European big leagues as coaches, but we have our own viable league. The perceived US “victimization” is a little unreal. The truth is a lot of coaching candidates are slighted. It is who you know, preferences, biases. For example, I would rather see overlooked young British managers (and there are many – more than half the coaches are not British, less are English) get chance in the premier league, and then other European or managers with EPL playing or coaching experience.

      Hell, one of the times I went to London to visit friends and family, I was watching a game in the bar with a friend and some guys next to us were saying how Chris Hughton was unfairly let go from Newcastle even though he had stormed to the Championship title and was doing well that season in EPL. We got into it with them and they said he was the first Black British football manager in the EPL. That in itself is ridiculous.


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