United States men’s national team legend Landon Donovan, who is now 36, is set to come out of retirement for a third time to play in the Major Arena Soccer League.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported that Donovan is expected to be announced as a new member of the San Diego Sockers on Thursday.
“Donovan, who has lived in San Diego in recent years and took an active role in trying to land an MLS expansion franchise in the city, is set to make his debut for the Sockers on February 15 against the Tacoma Stars. San Diego (10-1) is currently in first place in the MASL’s Pacific Division.”
The MASL bills itself as the highest level of arena or indoor soccer in the world, and was founded in 2008. The Sockers have won four MASL championships, most recently in 2012-13. The team plays at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
Donovan initially retired from professional soccer in 2014 after winning a fourth MLS Cup with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He returned to the club in 2016 and played in nine games before retiring again, and came out of retirement a second time in 2018 to sign with Club Leon in Mexico.
Landon Donovan is ending his retirement for the third time to play in the MASL.