Landon Donovan’s next role in soccer could be as an owner. The United States and MLS legend has joined the ownership group that is trying to land an MLS expansion team in San Diego.
San Diego is one of 12 cities trying to get an MLS expansion team. The league is committed to adding four teams, two of which will be announced this year.
Donovan is not currently playing. He retired from the sport after the 2014 season, when he won MLS Cup with the Galaxy, but returned to the field late last season to play for LA. Over the winter, the Galaxy said that Donovan would not return. However, Donovan never commented and hasn’t officially said he’s retired. He spoken with some clubs about potentially playing, but opted not to sign with any of them. Whether that means he’s done playing or simply waiting for the right opportunity remains to be seen.
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In the meantime, he’ll work with the rest of the San Diego ownership group and try to bring a club to the city.
As part of San Diego’s announcement that they have brought Donovan onboard, they also announced a contest for fans to name the team.