Landon Donovan is regarded as one of the greatest U.S. men's soccer players of all time and has held numerous individual records in Major League Soccer (MLS) and for the United States National Team.
A native of Southern California, Donovan was a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer youth residency program in Bradenton, Florida. He was named Player of the Tournament for his role in the United States under-17 squad that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship before signing with German club Bayer Leverkusen later that year. In 2005, after six years with Leverkusen, the majority of which were spent on loan with the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS, Donovan moved back to the United States permanently to sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He later returned to Germany for a loan with Bayern Munich, and twice went on short loans to English Premier League club Everton in 2010 and 2012. He retired as a player in 2014, but made a brief comeback with LA Galaxy late in the 2016 season and then in 2018 to play for Club León.
In MLS, Donovan won a record six MLS Cups and retired as the league's all-time assists leader with 136. At his retirement Donovan was the all-time leader in assists and tied with Clint Dempsey as all-time leader in scoring for the USMNT. When he retired, Donovan was the only American player to reach the 50 goals/50 assists mark. He is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award as well as a remarkable seven-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year award. The Major League Soccer MVP Award has been renamed the Landon Donovan MVP Award in his honor.
In June 2019, it was announced that Donovan would be bringing a new USL Championship team to San Diego.
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