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Landon Donovan Commits to MLS, Signs a New Deal With LA Galaxy

MLS scores big by re-signing Landon Donovan to a new contract. Photo Credits: alarabiya.net

The US’ all time goalscorer, Landon Donovan, signed a new multi-year contract with the LA Galaxy, confirming his stay in Major League Soccer after flirting with some attractive offers overseas.

As per MLS rules, no details on the contract were publicly announced, although it is rumored that Donovan will be paid $4.5 million per year and could eclipse $5 million with bonuses.

“This organization has always treated me with the utmost respect,” said Donovan during the Galaxy’s special announcement, “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.”

Donovan joined MLS on loan from German club Bayer Leverkusen back in 2001 and after four seasons and two MLS Cups with the San Jose Earthquakes (2001, 2003), he joined his hometown LA Galaxy, leading the club to three MLS Cup titles (2005, 2011, 2012).

During his 13 seasons in MLS, Donovan has also done double duty with the US national team, and is aiming for his fourth straight World Cup appearance next summer in Brazil. He is already the USMNT’s all-time leading scorer with 56 goals amassed over 151 caps.

“We are pleased that Landon has re-signed with the Galaxy,” head coach and general manager Bruce Arena said in a statement, “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.”

Now with the new deal in place, Donovan will be looking to focus not only on another league title with his team, but to stay in form in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

The American legend is also looking to make history in Major League Soccer, as he is only four goals short from setting an all-time scoring record.

“Few players have meant more to this league and this club than Landon Donovan,” Galaxy president Chris Klein said, “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.”

Photo Credits: alarabiya.net