Landon Donovan will take a turn at indoor soccer.
By Michael Lewis
Landon Donovan just might lead the soccer universe in comebacks.
The former U.S. international midfielder-forward, who retired from Major League Soccer in 2014 will make his third return to the game when the San Diego Sockers announce he will play for the Major Arena Soccer League team for the rest of the 2018-19 season, according to sources in the league.
The Sockers will make the announcement at Pechanga Arena San Diego Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
Donovan, now 36, returned to action to play for the Galaxy late in the 2016 season in his first return to the game and called it quits after the playoffs.
However, Donovan came out of retirement yet again to play six matches for Leon in Mexico in 2018 for comeback No. 2.
Donovan, the u.S. men’s national team’s all-time leading goal-scorer, lives in San Diego. He won’t be the only former MLS superstar to play in the MASL as former Canadian international midfielder Dwayne DeRosario performs for the Mississigua MetroStars in suburban Toronto.
The Sockers, who lead the Pacific Division with a league-best 10-1 mark, a 3 1/2-game lead over the second-place Ontario Fury (7-5) midway through the 24-game MASL season.
Donovan will have plenty of time to prepare for San Diego’s next game as the arena soccer powerhouse doesn’t play again until Feb. 7, when it visits the Fury.