Landon Donovan has continued his post-retirement involvement in soccer by joining FS Investors, the group looking to land an MLS team in San Diego.
Donovan moved to San Diego a year ago and posted a statement on his Facebook page which read:
I am excited to announce that I am taking the next step in my career and will become a Partner, Owner and Investor with FS Investors, the group attempting to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego. I moved to San Diego a year ago and I’ve fallen in love with the city. I am honored and invigorated to be part of this movement as I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to give back to the soccer world that has meant so much to me.
My goal is to leave a legacy that endures long past my playing days. Accordingly, my first task with the MLS to SD group (in addition to helping secure an MLS franchise) will be to develop a world class youth academy system that will positively affect the lives of young male and female soccer players. Our youth are the future of the sport and I can’t wait to get started!
The group has proposed overtaking the location of Qualcomm Stadium, former home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers. The proposal would convert the area into a sports-entertainment district creating a 30,000 seat MLS stadium that would also host San Diego State University football games. According to FOX Sports, the ownership group has also announced a contest for fans to select the team name.
The team would be the third in Southern California joining the Los Angeles Galaxy and LAFC while also becoming the fourth or fifth team in the state itself, depending on results from Sacramento Republics bid. If both locations were awarded a team, one fifth of MLS teams would located in California.
Donovan’s joining of FS Investors comes just eight months after becoming part owner of Swansea City in the English Premier League.