Landon Donovan has officially retired. Again. And it seems this time is for good.
The talented forward returned to action over the final weeks of the 2016 MLS season to help Los Angeles Galaxy as they made a push for a new MLS Cup title, but they fell short against the Colorado Rapids and were eliminated in the first round.
And while there was a chance of Donovan potentially returning to the team following the departures of Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, now it has been reported that the former USMNT star won't be back for the 2017 season. The news was confirmed by the team's president, Chris Klein, through an interview with the LA Times.
“With Landon, when he came back, it was always going to be a short-term thing,” he said.
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The departure of Bruce Arena might have played a role in Donovan's decision. The manager and the attacker have always had a special relationship, and with him gone, it seems there's no reason for Donovan to return.
But who knows? He might be part of Arena's coaching staff in the USMNT for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
The only thing for certain is that he's not playing next year. And this time it might be for good.