Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Landon Donovan will remain with the Los Angeles
Galaxy for the foreseeable future after signing a new multi-year contract
extension with the club on Wednesday.
Donovan, 31, contemplated retirement prior to the start of the 2013 season,
but those thoughts were officially put to rest when he put pen to paper on the
contract that will likely see him finish his illustrious career in Major
"I'm thrilled to continue my career here with the LA Galaxy," Donovan said in
a statement. "This organization has always treated me with the utmost respect
and I feel truly blessed that I am able to continue playing here. The
opportunity to play with the team I love and work to win championships, in
front of wonderful fans while also being close to my family is literally a
dream come true."
Donovan originally joined MLS on loan from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen
way back in 2001 with the San Jose Earthquakes, where he won two MLS Cups over
four seasons before joining the Galaxy in 2004, leading the club to three
Over 13 seasons in MLS, Donovan has amassed 131 goals and 115 assists over 297
games played. He has also racked up 36 game-winning goals. His 131 goals are
just four behind Jeff Cunningham for the most in league history.
Donovan has also had an exceptional international career with the United
States. He is aiming to make a fourth straight World Cup appearance next
summer in Brazil and is the U.S. men's all-time leading goal scorer with 56
tallies over 151 appearances.
Last month in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Donovan reminded everyone of his
importance to the side when he was named tournament MVP after the Americans
took down Panama, 1-0, to claim their fifth Gold Cup title.
"We are pleased that Landon has re-signed with the Galaxy," Galaxy head coach
and general manager Bruce Arena said in a statement. "He is the best player in
the history of the game in our country. This signing is instrumental toward
our commitment to build a team that can compete for championships year-in and
year-out. We look forward to Landon's continued leadership and excellent play
as a member of the LA Galaxy."
"Few players have meant more to this league and this club than Landon
Donovan,"Galaxy president Chris Klein added. "Landon has been a major factor
in the growth and sustainability of Major League Soccer and we're thrilled
that he will continue to wear a Galaxy shirt for years to come. Keeping Landon
was a major focus for our club and reinforces our desire to acquire and retain
the best players from the United States and abroad as we strive to be the
premier club in North America."
With a new contract en-tow, Donovan will take to the pitch on Saturday hoping
to lead the second-place Galaxy to a victory against the intrastate rival
Through 25 matches this term, the two-time defending champs have 40 points,
five behind Real Salt Lake for the best mark in the league.
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