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Landon Donovan returns to professional soccer with San Diego Sockers in arena league

He's back.

Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement again, this time to play with the San Diego Sockers in the Major Arena Soccer League.

MASL commissioner Joshua Schaub announced the news on Wednesday that Donovan is signing a one-year deal to finish the season with the Sockers and will be presented at a news conference in San Diego at the Pechanga Arena. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to announce that one of the greatest soccer stars in U.S. history is joining the...

Sacramento Republic's MLS hopes get boost as Ron Burkle agrees to take over team

Sacramento MLS stadium rendering
Sacramento has a stadium site secured should they land an MLS franchise.

Sacramento Republic's MLS expansion bid received a major boost on Tuesday with the announcement that billionaire investor Ron Burkle has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the club.

Sacramento was at one point viewed as the frontrunner to acquire an MLS expansion team, especially given that it has a stadium site secured. But Sacramento had struggled to construct an investor group with sufficient financial heft to compete with other bids. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman at one point appeared...

Tim Howard to retire at end of '19 MLS season

Beating Mexico or beating Liverpool? Jets or Giants? We put USMNT legend Tom Howard on the spot in our latest edition of You Have To Answer.
Take a look at the best moments from ESPN FC's time at MLS Media Day 2019 in Los Angeles.

Tim Howard has announced that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2019 MLS season.

The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper made the announcement via his Twitter account.

Howard, 39, will go down in U.S. soccer history as one of the country's all-time greats, a considerable feat given the regularity with which the country has produced top-class goalkeepers.

"It's been one heck of a ride," Howard told reporters on Tuesday. "This is something that's been on my radar for a number of years...

Tottenham want £15m for Vincent Janssen amid MLS, China links - sources

Mauricio Pochettino provides an update on Dele Alli after Tottenham's win at Fulham and offers an optimistic view of the absence of his key players.

Tottenham are looking for around £15 million for wantaway striker Vincent Janssen, who has attracted tentative interest from clubs in MLS, China and Europe, sources have told ESPN FC.

Janssen, who last played for Spurs in August 2017, underwent foot surgery in the summer but is now fully fit and has recently played in three Under-23 matches, including two in the past week where he has scored one goal and provided two assists.

Despite Tottenham's dearth of attacking options, with Harry Kane...

Carlos Vela 'happy' at LAFC, refuses to rule out move to Barcelona

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains why LAFC's Carlos Vela could fit Barcelona's needs for a back-up striker after the departure of Munir to Sevilla.
With the January transfer window in full swing, take a look at whether or not Carlos Vela, Alvaro Morata and more will be making moves.

Carlos Vela has told ESPN that he is "happy" at LAFC and didn't expand on whether he could be headed to Barcelona, with rumors swirling that he is an option for the Catalan side in this January transfer window.

"They are issues for the clubs and agents," Vela told ESPN on Sunday in an interview. "I'm relaxed, working on the preseason and the most important thing is to be happy in the place you are. In the future we'll see what happens."

Vela's name being linked to Barcelona last week came as a surprise...