DONOVAN HALTS RETIREMENT, REJOINS GALAXY
Landon Donovan is returning to the LA Galaxy, ending a 21-month retirement to suit up for his Major League Soccer team for at least the rest of this season. Donovan and the Galaxy announced his return Thursday with a video posted on social media showing Donovan putting on a No. 26 jersey, accompanied by a simple message: "He's back."
"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 sixth MLS championship," Donovan wrote on his Facebook page.
The 34-year-old is widely considered the most accomplished player in U.S. soccer history and the most successful in the history of MLS, which named its MVP award after him.
Donovan retired in December 2014 after leading the Galaxy to its fifth MLS Cup title. He wrote that he was persuaded to return after watching several key Galaxy players pick up injuries in recent weeks.
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