January 21, 2013
HE'S COMING BACK
Arena: Donovan will return for 2013 season
CARSON, Calif. – Don't worry, soccer fans. Landon Donovan isn't ready to retire from soccer, at least not yet.
The LA Galaxy, however, doesn't know when he will play for the Major League Soccer club.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Monday that the U.S. international standout will play, although there was no timetable for his return.
"We’ve given him a little more time off,” Arena said. “He’s definitely playing this year, but we’re just working out a return date that makes sense for all of us…we’re working that out soon.”
Donovan and Arena met over the weekend and the midfielder-forward told his coach that he felt well, but need some more time off.
Arena said he was always confident Donovan would return this season.
“No, I thought he was going to come back," ARena said. "I think he just needs a little bit more of an extended leave of absence. He’s got a couple of years that have taken its toll and he needs a little bit more time.”
Last year Donovan said he wanted to take some time off to decide whether he would continue his soccer career or retire. One thing is certain: the USA's all-time leading goal-scorer won't be with the Americans when they take visit Honduras in a World Cup qualifier on Feb. 6.
“He, like any player, needs the right time," Arena said. "The longer that he takes off, it’ll take him longer to be ready to play. Generally, we’d like to see some players get three or four weeks to bring their fitness along.”