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Landon Donovan Will Return to LA Galaxy for 2013 Season

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2013

American soccer star Landon Donovan will return to the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS in 2013 according to team insider Adam Serrano (via Twitter) on Monday: 

Bruce Arena on @lagalaxy capt. @landondonovan : "He's definitely playing this year...We're just working out the return date." #LAGalaxy #MLS

— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) January 21, 2013

The 30-year-old Donovan had openly discussed the possibility of retiring from soccer altogether recently, but it seems he isn't quite finished with the game just yet.

This was Donovan on the subject of his goals moving forward back in May 2012 (via Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl):

From a career standpoint, ideally, I'd like to play a couple more years and hopefully get to the World Cup, assuming I'm still enjoying it and passionate about it, and then sort of reevaluate from there and see where I want to go.

He, along with David Beckham, helped lead the Galaxy to another MLS Cup championship last November, the third during Donovan's time with the club.

Donovan scored 11 goals and tallied 16 assists in 31 MLS appearances for L.A. in 2012.

A California native, Donovan has been playing at a high level for a decade-plus now, excelling for various clubs as well as the United States men's national team—leading the squad to multiple World Cup appearances and impressive victories around the globe.

Donovan is both the United States' all-time leading goal scorer with 49, as well as the UNMNT's all-time assist leader with 48 over the course of his lengthy international career. 

The Galaxy's 2013 season will begin on March 4 at home against the Chicago Fire.

 

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