Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement to join Club León

I want to go to Mexico, wear green & win trophies with Leon.

Donovan is the fourth USMNT international to play for Club León joining William Yarborough, Eric Wynalda, and Marcelo Balboa.

The 35-year-old already has returned from retirement once, playing nine matches for the LA Galaxy in 2016, and announced his intention to do the same in a Twitter exchange with Leon president Jesus Martinez. "We'll see each other very soon!" And when Club Leon used the "stars and stripes" metaphor to announce a new striped home jersey, everything pointed to La Fiera playing off the rumor to garner attention and generate press.

The 2006 federal law that effectively banned online gambling but gave rise to daily fantasy sports requires daily fantasy contests to be based on the performances of athletes in "multiple real-world" sporting events - not just single games.

Donovan has spent the past three days in Leon, raising speculation that he might join the club.

A statement from the 49ers Friday night said: "The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts".

He has played just 455 professional minutes in the last three years and had taken up broadcasting with FOX Sports.

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Landon Donovan coming out of retirement again

Where Donovan will fit into Gustavo "Chavo" Diaz's side remains to be seen.

This is the second time that Donovan has come out of retirement, as he did so in 2016 to help the Galaxy reach the MLS Cup playoffs.

Landon Donovan is making another comeback. "On-field intelligence he has in spades".

The former Alabama linebacker was a first-team All-American for the Crimson Tide in 2016 and won the Butkus Award. Donovan announced in November that he would not seek the position. Montes, an important player for Leon over recent years, could even drop back alongside Alexander Mejia in central midfield.

The 2018 Mexican league season just started, and Leon is 1-0.

Pachuca defender Omar Gonzalez, Donovan's former teammate with the Galaxy and U.S. national team, responded to Friday's developments with a tweet of his own: "Welcome to Liga MX, Landon Donovan!"

That said, if Donovan's career teaches you anything, it is that you shouldn't bet against "Captain America" succeeding against the odds.

  • Ricardo Clara