Landon Donovan Returns in Anticipated 2013 MLS Season Debut

By Phil Naegely
Landon Donovan
Photo by USA TODAY Sports

It has been something many MLS soccer fans have been waiting for: Landon Donovan returning to the soccer field for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He took a brief hiatus after Los Angeles won the MLS Cup in 2012, and many were wondering if and when he would come back to the Galaxy. Well he did on March 30.

While he didn’t start against the Colorado Rapids, Donovan was on the bench and was used as a substitute in the second half. Donovan didn’t score, but it is good to have him back on the pitch. He is one of the better known MLS players behind only maybe David Beckham, but now he is in France.

Donovan is well-respected by soccer players and fans, and that was shown in a gesture by Todd Dunivant. Donovan was subbed on for Jack McBean and Dunivant handed Donovan the captain’s armband.

Los Angeles already has enough dangerous players and Donovan being back adds another formidable force on the squad. It will only be a matter of time before Donovan scores his first of the season.

I really like Donovan as a player and a person. He has been one of the most popular MLS players as well as on the US Men’s National Team. It is nice to have him back playing for Los Angeles even though I won’t like it when the Philadelphia Union plays the Galaxy. However, I think that has to do with the level of play he brings to the field.


Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about College Basketball, MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.

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