Landon Donovan is unlikely play in 2017, will end return from retirement

Landon Donovan will almost certainly not return to playing in 2017, multiple sources say.

The Galaxy were not offering Donovan a Designated Player contract for next season, and he played under a considerably reduced deal than what had become his norm during his astonishing emergence out of retirement. Donovan returned to the Galaxy in September, with the club suffering multiple key injuries and in need of reinforcements for the home stretch.

Donovan scored one goal in six regular season games with LA and added an assist in three playoff starts, with his quest for another MLS Cup coming up short after LA was ousted by the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference semifinals. 

The Galaxy are going through numerous changes with the departure of coach and general manager Bruce Arena and Designated Players Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard, and it looks like replacing Donovan–again–will be on the club’s to-do list this winter.

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