Landon Donovan appears set to sign a multi-year extension with the LA Galaxy that would allow the U.S. all-time great to play the rest of his career in Major League Soccer, according to a report on SI.com.
Donovan’s current deal winds down in December, and speculation has swirled for months that the 31-year-old member of the Stars and Stripes might want to test himself in Europe once more, having previously played for Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga and Everton in the English Premier League.
Already the U.S. Men’s National Team’s record goalscorer and assist man by a wide margin with 56 of each, Donovan, who can play as a winger or second striker, now stands ready to shatter the MLS marks.
A game-winning thunderbolt against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday brought him just three goals shy of Jeff Cunningham’s career record 134 goals, and just two behind Jaime Moreno for second place. Donovan needs 21 more assists to break Steve Ralston’s 135 total.
In addition to the individual records, he can help the LA Galaxy become the first team to win three straight MLS Cups this year. Donovan’s total of five league championships so far is unparalleled.
After taking a three-month break from soccer earlier this year in which he wasn’t available for World Cup qualifiers and began the MLS season a month late, Donovan has come into the fray as thirsty and committed as ever. He led a group of inexperienced U.S. internationals to CONCACAF Gold Cup glory this summer and he’s netted four goals in his last three matches with the Galaxy, who sit second in the Western Conference standings.
News that the four-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year and 2009 MLS MVP is set to continue his career in Los Angeles is a boon both for members of the club’s supporters groups— the LA Riot Squad and Angel City Brigade— and to American soccer fans in general, who will continue to be dazzled by the decorated Donovan.