The National Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2023 has been announced.
San Diego Loyal SC manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Landon Donovan is one of five members added to the ballot in the first year of eligibility.
“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.”
A list of 20 former MLS and USMNT players is added to the ballot, but it’s even more special for Donovan, who earned this in the first year of his eligibility. The decision should be made in the next several weeks with a maximum of six members who will be added.
Donovan’s numbers show why he’s considered one of the greatest American soccer players of all time.
During a 19-year career, Donovan did it all, playing all over the world.
The former forward played for six professional teams covering three leagues: Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Bayern Munich (Bundesliga); Everton (Premier League); San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy (Major League Soccer); Club León (Liga MX). He played in six MLS Cups, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and earned two MLS Supporters’ Shields.
There is no doubt that Donovan’s name will be mentioned among the greatest ever.
Donovan’s third season as manager of the Loyal is coming to an end here in the next few months.
The Loyal will be playing in the postseason, but their seed is still up in the air. SD is currently in second place with a club record of 52 points. The Loyal is presently down eight points to San Antonio FC, who they will face this Saturday night, Sept. 10.
This is another massive test for Donovan and the Loyal. They are just one point ahead of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, so every match from here on out is essential if they want a chance to earn a first-round bye in the postseason.