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Comes out of retirement (again) to sign with Club Leon

Landon Donovan last played professional soccer for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2016. More Landon Donovan last played professional soccer for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2016. More
Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Enero, 2018, 21:13

Leon president Jesus Martinez confirmed in a phone interview with Fox Deportes Mexico that Donovan, 35, has signed a one-year deal to play with his team in Liga MX.

For the second time in three years, the U.S. soccer legend is coming out of retirement.

U.S. men's national team and Major League Soccer legend Landon Donovan looks to be coming out of retirement for a second time. "I want to go to Mexico, dress in green and win trophies with Leon".

But in a Twitter exchange with Martinez on Friday, Donovan wrote in Spanish: "I loved the city. Club Leon is a historic & winning team", Donovan tweeted.

The unexpected news comes two days after Leon's social media accounts joked about signing Donovan, only to later reveal it as a marketing ploy to unveil its third kit. "Welcome to 'La Fiera!' You're now a Club Leon player". He does already have his eyes on facing USMNT defender Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca at the end of February, writing to Gonzalez on Twitter, "We'll see you on February 24".

After his previous comeback, Donovan was asked by Yahoo! in March if he was thinking of returning for the 2017 MLS season, but he said: "I can't even chase my son around my house, so, I don't think so. No more playing for me".

On the international stage, the forward earned 157 caps for the United States, netting a joint-record 57 goals and winning four CONCACAF Gold Cups.

Where Donovan will fit into Gustavo "Chavo" Diaz's side remains to be seen. The group produced big dividends in the Apertura, with Boselli's 11 goals tying him atop the league lead. He also was one of the best players at the 2009 Confederations Cup which advanced to the final. Hernandez had six goals and seven assists while Montes chipped in with four assists.