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Donovan signs Extension with LA Galaxy

Posted on 28 August 2013 by iyeo

One of the most prolific players in the history of Major League Soccer will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced that they had reacehd agreement with Landon Donovan on a multi-year extension that will keep the striker/midfielder with the club for the forseeable future.

“I’m thrilled to continue my career here with the LA Galaxy,” Donovan said in a statement. “This organization has always treated me with the utmost respect and I feel truly blessed that I am able to continue playing here. The opportunity to play with the team I love and work to win championships, in front of wonderful fans while also being close to my family is literally a dream come true.”

Donovan joined the Galaxy prior to the 2005 season following a brief stint with German club Bayer Leverkusen. In 210 appearences with the club, Donovan has scored 99 goals and asissted 86 goals and led the Galaxy to championships in 2005, 2011 and 2012, with Donovan scoring thw winning goals in the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup Final games. This season, Donovan has seven goals and 10 assists in 22 games for LA after returning from a brief sabbatical.

“We are pleased that Landon has re-signed with the Galaxy,” Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena stated. “He is the best player in the history of the game in our country. This signing is instrumental toward our commitment to build a team that can compete for championships year-in and year-out. We look forward to Landon’s continued leadership and excellent play as a member of the LA Galaxy.”

Donovan had actually signed his first professional contract with Bayer Leverkusen in 1999, but had trouble adapting to the lifestyle in Germany and was loaned out to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001. Donovan played with the Quakes from 2001 until 2004, where he had 32 goals and 29 assists and led the team to titles in 2001 and 2003. Donovan went back to Bayer Leverkusen, where he made seven appearences, but eventuall fell out of favor with the club and shortly thereafter, made his return to MLS. By then, the Galaxy had acuired his rights and traded Carlos Ruiz to FC Dallas for the top allocation spot used to acquire his services. Overall, Donovan has 115 assists and has scored 131 goals in MLS. Donovan is four goals away from becoming MLS’ all-time leading scorer.

“Few players have meant more to this league and this club than Landon Donovan,” Galaxy President Chris Klein stated. “Landon has been a major factor in the growth and sustainability of Major League Soccer and we’re thrilled that he will continue to wear a Galaxy shirt for years to come. Keeping Landon was a major focus for our club and reinforces our desire to acquire and retain the best players from the United States and abroad as we strive to be the premier club in North America.”

In addition to his standout MLS career, Donovan had also been a stalwart on the United States national team. Donovan made his USMNT debut in 2000 and has never looked back, earning 151 caps while scoring 56 goals and assisting 56 goals. Donovan has helped the United States to Gold Cup titles in 2002, 2005 and 2007 as well as this past Summer as well as World Cup appearences in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and hopes to be a factor in the US bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

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