Landon Donovan used a Facebook post to confirm the news that broke earlier Thursday: He’s heading back to Major League Soccer as a player.
Donovan retired after helping the LA Galaxy to the 2014 MLS Cup, and was in MLS Best XI form when he walked away from the game.
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But with the Galaxy hit by injuries, Donovan began to explore some Galaxy staffer ideas that he consider returning to the team.
Here’s how it developed (Full statement embedded at bottom):
I then had a candid conversation with Bruce Arena and we began down the path of deciding whether this made sense. We both agreed that if this was going to happen, the expectations would be minimal and he would use me in situations that made sense for the team. I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my family and close friends over the past several days, and we all agreed that this would be a wonderful opportunity and a win-win situation for everyone.