Is this real? Can this really be happening? It appears so.
The internet has basically exploded over the past hour with news that U.S. National Team and LA Galaxy legend Landon Donovan is set to come out of retirement and re-join LA.
This is the tweet that started it all.
Hearing from multiple sources that @landondonovan is close to coming out of retirement to rejoin @lagalaxy for remainder of season— Blake Thomsen (@blakecthomsen) September 8, 2016
Blake Thomsen is a contributor for American Soccer Now, but most fans were looking for someone more reputable to report on the news before fully embracing the rumor.
I've heard the same thing. Questions about how MLS would allocate him. Whether or not he'd be FA apparently an issue https://t.co/MH2sRCF3jy— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) September 8, 2016
Then a writer for MLSsoccer chimed in, adding fuel to the fire.
Yes @landondonovan is returning to the #LAGalaxy announcement could come as early as today. And Nigel de Jong's move was central to the deal— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) September 8, 2016
And this is the slam dunk. Kevin Baxter covers the Galaxy for the LA Times and is about as reputable at its gets. But just in case you needed confirmation...
Have independently confirmed @blakecthomsen's original report that Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to play for LA Galaxy. Big.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 8, 2016
Are you excited? We're excited!