US Soccer Icon Landon Donovan Signs With Sockers

The San Diego Sockers and Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) today announced that US soccer icon Landon Donovan, 36, has signed with the team on a one-year contract to finish the season, effective immediately. As per league and team policies, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Donovan joins the Sockers after a brief stint with Mexico’s Club León. Prior to that, he played 14 seasons in the MLS with both LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, during which time he won 6 MLS  Cups and became the league’s all-time top scorer. Donovan has also made 157 appearances with the US Men’s National Team and is the highest scoring male soccer player in US World Cup History. With the acquisition of Donovan, MASL marks yet another high caliber signing and continues to establish its reputation as a competitive force within US soccer landscape. The MASL now boasts 17 teams across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“Landon Donovan is not only a world class player, but he’s also been a big ambassador for the sport of soccer in San Diego. We’re thrilled that he’s decided to join our squad and continue his mission to make San Diego a top soccer city,” says San Diego Sockers owner Phil Salvagio.

“We are thrilled to announce that one of the greatest soccer stars in US history is joining the Major Arena Soccer League,” said MASL commissioner Joshua Schaub. “Quality signings like Landon and Dwayne DeRosario bring an entirely new level of professionalism and recognition to this league and to arena soccer as a whole. It’s an exciting time for the MASL and we’re very lucky to have him.”

Donovan will make his debut with the San Diego Sockers at home when they face off against the Tacoma Stars on February 15, 2019 at 7:35 pm PT. Single game and group tickets are on sale now by calling 866-799-GOAL (4625)  or by visiting or (Search "Sockers").