The U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer will stay in MLS 'for the foreseeable future' after weighing the possibility of a move abroad.After flirting with the prospect of new challenge abroad, Landon Donovan is officially staying with the club he's called home for the past decade.
The LA Galaxy on Wednesday announced Donovan has signed a multiyear extension that will keep the U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer with the club "for the foreseeable future." The announcement comes after Donovan, whose current deal was set to expire at season's end, earlier this month on Fox Soccer Daily said he had received interested from teams abroad.
Donovan is perhaps the hottest player in MLS, with four goals in three games since returning from the Gold Cup. Marking his return to the U.S. national team, he notched five goals during that tournament en route to earning top player honors.
The fine run of form comes after Donovan took a nearly four-month hiatus following the Galaxy's second straight MLS Cup triumph in early December, causing him to miss the first month of the MLS campaign and temporarily fall out of favor with U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“I'm thrilled to continue my career here with the LA Galaxy,” Donovan said in a press release. “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's signing continues a recent commitment by MLS to giving lucrative deals to American stars. Earlier this month, U.S. captain Clint Dempsey was transferred from Tottenham to the Seattle Sounders and the Galaxy signed center back Omar Gonzalez to a Designated Player contract.