Well, it is official: Landon Donovan will more than likely conclude his long club football career as a member of Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
Donovan signed a new multi-year contract extension that has the greatest American soccer player ever (sorry Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach) to be with the glamour club of Major League Soccer for the long haul.
“I’m thrilled to continue my career here with the LA Galaxy,” said Donovan to reporters. “This organization has always treated me with the utmost respect and I feel truly blessed that I am able to continue playing here.
“The opportunity to play with the team I love and work to win championships, in front of wonderful fans while also being close to my family is literally a dream come true.”
“We are pleased that Landon has re-signed with the Galaxy,” Arena told the media. “He is the best player in the history of the game in our country. This signing is instrumental toward our commitment to build a team that can compete for championships year-in and year-out.
“We look forward to Landon’s continued leadership and excellent play as a member of the LA Galaxy.”
“Few players have meant more to this league and this club than Landon Donovan,” added Galaxy President Chris Klein. “Landon has been a major factor in the growth and sustainability of Major League Soccer and we’re thrilled that he will continue to wear a Galaxy shirt for years to come.
“Keeping Landon was a major focus for our club and reinforces our desire to acquire and retain the best players from the United States and abroad as we strive to be the premier club in North America.”
Keeping Donovan with the Galaxy was a massive priority because his leadership and experience kept Los Angeles ahead of the curve the past several years.
“We’re thrilled to move forward with the Galaxy and have Landon be a big part of it,” Arena told LAGalaxy.com’s Larry Morgan. “His role on the field is incredible. His role in the locker room is fabulous. He’s a great influence on our players. His role with the front office and community is invaluable as well.
“We think he’s the full package, and we’re thrilled he will fulfill his contract here and hopefully win more championships with the Galaxy.”
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Galaxy captain Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo will be called up to international action, more specifically the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Republic of Ireland is faces Sweden and Austria, while Panama is up against Jamaican and Honduras.
Keane and Penedo will be in action against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday with the Galaxy before heading off to their respective national sides.