Landon Donovan Is Coming Out Of Retirement To Join Club León

Landon Donovan in action during a 2016 game with the Los Angeles Galaxy.(Photo: Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Captain America is heading south for his latest comeback.

Landon Donovan, widely considered the most accomplished player in American soccer history, is coming out of retirement for the second time in three years, this time to join Club Leon in Mexico.

The Liga MX team announced Donovan's return to soccer on Twitter on Friday night. Donovan will play for Leon in the Mexican Clausura tournament, although more details on his signing were not provided.

Donovan has spent the past three days in Leon, raising speculation that he might join the club. He also tweeted Friday about joining Club Leon, saying he was excited to face former U.S. teammate and current C.F. Pachuca player Omar Gonzalez next month.

¡Bienvenido Mr.@landondonovan!#SerFieraEsUnOrgullo 🦁 pic.twitter.com/GPuBo16T00

— Club León (@clubleonfc) January 13, 2018

"I loved the city, Leon is an historic and winning team," Donovan wrote in Spanish. "I don't believe in walls, I want to go to Mexico, dress in green and win trophies in Leon. See you soon."

Donovan is the third player signed by Leon for the Clausura tournament along with Argentinian Emanuel Cecchini and Jamaican Giles Barnes.

Presidente: me encantó la Ciudad. Es la mejor afición. @clubleonfc es un equipo histórico y ganador. No creo en los muros, quiero ir a México, vestirme de verde y ganar trofeos con León. Nos vemos muy pronto! https://t.co/Xqm4jX2hW7

— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018

The 35-year-old is the career scoring leader in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team. He returned to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in September of 2016 following a 21-month retirement and appeared in nine games. He hasn't played professionally since Nov. 6, 2016.

Donovan played in three World Cups: South Korea and Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. He also played in six Gold Cups and won four titles. He scored 57 goals playing for the U.S. team and 145 in the MLS.

Donovan has done broadcast work since retiring and was rumored to be considering a run for U.S. Soccer Federation president. Donovan announced in November that he would not seek the position.

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It was the end of an era for U.S. soccer, as Landon Donovan made his final appearance for the national team in a friendly against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan said the night full of tributes was "beyond
Donovan said the night full of tributes was "beyond my wildest dreams."  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenThe sellout crowd showed its appreciation for arguably
The sellout crowd showed its appreciation for arguably the most influential player in U.S. soccer history.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan returned the affection, greeting fans after
Donovan returned the affection, greeting fans after the game.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan signed countless autographs.
Donovan signed countless autographs.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAnd got plenty of hugs.
And got plenty of hugs.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAs the tributes poured in, Donovan was overcome with
As the tributes poured in, Donovan was overcome with emotion.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan nearly scored a fairy-tale goal in his final
Donovan nearly scored a fairy-tale goal in his final appearance, but one shot went off the post and another went just wide.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenThe crowd couldn't believe how close Donovan came to
The crowd couldn't believe how close Donovan came to scoring.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan celebrates with Mix Diskerud after helping
Donovan celebrates with Mix Diskerud after helping set up Diskerud's fifth-minute goal against Ecuador.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan finished his career with a U.S. record 57 goals
Donovan finished his career with a U.S. record 57 goals in 157 national team appearances.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenThe 32-year-old Donovan played on three U.S. World
The 32-year-old Donovan played on three U.S. World Cup teams.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan takes an early corner kick.
Donovan takes an early corner kick.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenAlways a fan favorite, Donovan acknowledges the crowd's
Always a fan favorite, Donovan acknowledges the crowd's standing ovation as he leaves the game.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenMore fans show their appreciation.
More fans show their appreciation.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenU.S. Soccer honored Donovan with a short ceremony before
U.S. Soccer honored Donovan with a short ceremony before the game.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenSunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer
Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation, presented Donovan with a special jersey before the game.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenThe jersey collage was comprised of pieces of all the
The jersey collage was comprised of pieces of all the U.S. national team jerseys Donovan has worn in his career.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan arrived in good spirits and eventually buried
Donovan arrived in good spirits and eventually buried the hatchet on his ongoing feud with coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>FullscreenDonovan acknowledges the adoring crowd one last time.
Donovan acknowledges the adoring crowd one last time.  David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports>Fullscreen

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