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Landon Donovan Reportedly Will Join American Ownership Group at Swansea City

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2016

Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Former player Landon Donovan prior to the 2015 MLS All Star Game between the MLS All Stars and Tottenham Hotspur at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Former United States men's national team star Landon Donovan is reportedly joining Swansea City's new American ownership group, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. 

The new ownership group is headed by Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, who own 60 percent of the club, according to SI.com, and "the rest of the shares will be retained by the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust and a number of part owners."

Per Chris Wathan of Wales Online, "sources both in America and in South Wales" have confirmed that Donovan is one of the minority partners.

Levien is the managing general partner of D.C. United, while Kaplan is the executive vice-chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Donovan, 34, played for the German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, English side Everton and MLS clubs San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy in his career. He's the leading scorer in MLS history, with 138 goals during his time in the league. 

He was also a fixture of the USMNT team, earning 156 caps and scoring a record 57 goals. Clint Dempsey is the only other player to reach 50 goals for the USMNT, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And Donovan participated in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, scoring five goals. 

This latest report comes just after Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported that Donovan would be joining the FS1 crew during the network's coverage of the Copa America tournament. He's spent part of his time in retirement as an analyst, joining ESPN's coverage during the 2014 World Cup.

As for Swansea City, the club finished 12th in the Premier League during the 2015-16 season, with 47 points. Wathan elaborated on what the new ownership will need to do to find success in another Wales Online article, writing:

Ambition should not mean over-spending or dangerous debt levels. Success should still mean the club coming first and not financial returns. The promises have been that this will be the case.

It is positive that Swansea may be able to look to grow with new experience and expertise, but it will mean nothing if it comes at the expense of the fundamentals behind the club's rise to their current position. Let us all hope the actions of a new Swansea City prove as good as its words.

While it remains unclear just how active Donovan will be in the running of the club or how large his potential stake will be, having the perspective of a former player—especially one who spent time in the Premier League—will be valuable for Swansea's new ownership group.

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