Landon Donovan has come out of retirement and returned to the LA Galaxy, the club announced Thursday.
The 34-year-old rejoins the Galaxy less than two years after his retirement from Major League Soccer, where he still holds the all-time records for goals (144) and assists (136). The league named its MVP trophy after him last year.
The Galaxy made the announcement official with a video on the club's Twitter account, in which it was revealed Donovan will wear the number 26.
He's back. pic.twitter.com/tOEduyVv7u— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 8, 2016
Donovan, who won his record sixth MLS Cup in his final match with the Galaxy, will be a boost to the club's attack during the final stretch of the regular season.
The Galaxy legend's return will be a boost for a club that's currently missing a number of key players. Gyasi Zardes is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken foot, while Steven Gerrard and Jelle Van Damme have missed time recently with injuries. Midfielder Nigel de Jong was sold to Turkish club Galatasaray last week.
After beginning his career with Bayer Leverkusen, Donovan returned home to MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001 before joining the Galaxy in 2005. He stayed in LA for nearly a decade before announcing his retirement midway through the 2014 season, citing a loss of passion for the game as part of his reason for calling it quits.
On the international level, Donovan is the U.S. team's all-time leading scorer with 57 goals. He has played in three World Cups and won four Gold Cups.
The Galaxy are currently in third place in the Western Conference with 44 points.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Donovan explained his rationale behind returning to the Galaxy, saying that his comeback was motivated by the Galaxy's recent string of injuries, and the desire to share the field after a game with his infant son Talon.