Landon Donovan will play professional indoor football

The former United States national team footballer will join the San Diego Sockers in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).

United States national team legend Landon Donovan has come out of retirement for the third time in order to join a professional indoor football club.

Donovan was announced today as the new San Diego Sockers signing in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL).

“We are thrilled to announce that one of the greatest soccer stars in US history is joining the Major Arena Soccer League,” said MASL commissioner Joshua Schaub to the league’s official website.

“Quality signings like Landon and Dwayne DeRosario bring an entirely new level of professionalism and recognition to this league and to arena soccer as a whole. It’s an exciting time for the MASL and we’re very lucky to have him.”

“Landon Donovan is not only a world class player, but he’s also been a big ambassador for the sport of soccer in San Diego,” Sockers owner Phil Salvagio added.

We’re thrilled that he’s decided to join our squad and continue his mission to make San Diego a top soccer city.”

Donovan started his professional career in the German Bundesliga, playing for Bayer Leverkusen in 2000.

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Landon Donovan #26 warms up before his first game back from retirement against the Orlando City FC at StubHub Center on September 11, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Donovan talks about how hard was for him to leave Everton

The American footballer joined the Blues on January 2010, but he only played 13 matches before returning to LA Galaxy.

But he was soon loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for three years.

In 2005 he was signed by the LA Galaxy, with small loan spells in Bayer Munich, and Everton.

After the 2014 season, he decided to retire, only to come out of retirement twice: in 2016 with LA Galaxy and in 2018 with Mexican Liga MX club Leon.

The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional indoor football in the world.

The MASL features teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


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