Landon Donovan Reportedly Considering Running for U.S. Soccer President

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2017

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 30: Landon Donovan #26 of Los Angeles Galaxy during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS Playoff Semifinal match against Colorado Rapids at the StubHub Center on October 30, 2016 in Carson, California. The Los Angeles Galaxy won the match 1-0 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)
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American soccer legend Landon Donovan is reportedly "seriously considering" entering the race to be U.S. Soccer president, with nominations due Dec. 10.

According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, the 35-year-old has been encouraged to run by "a number of respected figures in American soccer" who have concerns over incumbent Sunil Gulati.

Wahl added the concerns around Gulati include his hiring of head coaches.

Bruce Arena recently vacated the U.S. manager's role after failing to secure the national side a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

He succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann in November 2016 after the German was sacked with the U.S. bottom of the Hexagonal qualification group.

The United States men's national team are now looking for their third head coach in less than a year, and Donovan is considered "better qualified [than Gulati] to handle the soccer aspects of the job," per Wahl.

The former Los Angeles Galaxy star would likely be a hugely popular candidate given his previous heroics with the U.S. national side.

He netted 57 goals in more than 150 career appearances between 2000 and 2014 and played in three World Cups.