U.S. legend Donovan ends retirement, joins Mexico’s Leon

Landon Donovan (pictured) will come out of retirement for a second time and play for Mexico’s Leon in the 2018 Liga MX Clausura. (Photo: Mexsport)

LEON, Mexico -- Landon Donovan ended his second retirement and will play for Liga MX side Leon, it was announced Friday.

The former United States international initially stepped away from the game after the 2014 Major League Soccer season, only to return to the LA Galaxy for six regular season and three playoff games in 2016.

“The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all,” Donovan said via his Twitter on Saturday.  “I’m excited for this new adventure.”

Donovan played in three World Cups (12 games/5 goals) and is the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 18 goals, capturing the title four times in six attempts.  He was named winner of the Golden Ball as the tournament's most outstanding player in the 2013 Gold Cup -- the first time he earned that honor – and, with five goals, shared the Golden Boot award with teammate Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres.

In 156 international appearances, Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (57).

He scored an MLS-record 145 regular-season goals in 340 matches, won five MLS Cups (2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012) and a one Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup (2005).

Donovan has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes (USA); Bayer Leverkusen II, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munch (Germany) and Everton (England).

Leon, a seven-time Liga MX champion (last title: 2014 Clausura), will host Toluca in its second game of the 2018 Clausura season Saturday night.