It seems safe to say Landon Donovan shocked at least the United States and Mexican soccer worlds late Friday night when he announced a sudden end to his retirement.
The former U.S. international last suited up for a brief spell with the LA Galaxy in 2016, but everything looks set for a return to the field with Liga MX side Leon for the 2018 Clausura.
Naturally, this was met with a variety of reactions, from those joking about Donovan’s age to those noting the political statement he seemed to make. And yes, plenty noted this seemed to be the latest turn in the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry — especially on the heels of the U.S. losing teenager Jonathan Gonzalez to El Tri earlier in the week.
But MLS veteran Bobby Boswell wasn’t the only pro to have a comment on the situation. Many of Donovan’s old teammates weighed in, including longtime fellow U.S. international DaMarcus Beasley, who also has some experience in Liga MX.
Jonathon Gonzalez: "did you see all the attention I got with my announcement this week?"
Landon Donovan: "Sostenga mi cerveza!" — Bobby Boswell (@bobbyboswell) January 13, 2018
Landon Donovan is going to have more retirements than Brett Favre. — Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller) January 13, 2018
Congrats to the legend @landondonovan welcome back again! Will be fun to watch you in such a good league. Good luck— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) January 13, 2018
So the MLS MVP award is about to be named after an active Liga MX player... — Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) January 13, 2018
Landon Donovan está a meses de cumplir 36 años, pero mientras que físicamente esté bien - le va ir bien! Inteligencia dentro la cancha le sobra. ¡Suerte y felicidades @landondonovan @jmartinez_leon ! — herculez gomez (@herculezg) January 13, 2018