Landon Donovan, San Diego Loyal SC Manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations, has officially been listed on the final ballot of the National Hall of Fame election for next year's class.
The San Diego Loyal head coach is joining an impressive list of 20 ex-soccer players who once played in Major League Soccer or the United States Men's National Team during their professional career.
Donovan is just one of five former soccer players listed on the ballot in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility.
Landon says that it's truly an honor to be mentioned in the same breath with other great former professional soccer players such as DaMarcus Beasley, Dwayne DeRosario, Landon Donovan, Jermaine Jones and Nick Rimando, and others.
“It’s an honor to be included in this list of terrific players and great people,” Donovan said. “It means a lot to be a part of history and it would be very special to me and my family to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.”
Committees members representing the Hall of Fame Voting process are expected to meet in the incoming weeks, where they will select the maximum six new inductees into the hall. The upcoming 2023 Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 6th.
Landon Donovan's impressive career has led soccer pundits to consider him the greatest American soccer player in U.S. Men's Soccer history. He spent 19 years playing professional soccer, accomplishing several individual and collective awards at the club level and internationally.
During his career of almost two decades, Landon played for six different clubs, such as the following:
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen
- Bayern Munich;
- Everton (Premier League);
- San Jose Earthquakes
- LA Galaxy (Major League Soccer);
- Club León (Liga MX).
He won six MLS cups, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.