Landon Donovan is singing a Swans song – not of endings, but of new beginnings in club ownership for the former Los Angeles Galaxy and US national team star.
Donovan sent a tweet on Friday that confirmed what has been rumored in recent weeks – that he is part of an American consortium which has been approved to buy a majority stake in Swansea City FC of the Premier League.
Extremely excited to be part of the new @swansofficial ownership group! Looking forward to meeting The Jack Army and helping however I can.— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) July 1, 2016
Swansea City announced the approval on its website on Friday, but that statement did not include Donovan by name. The consortium is headed by D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien and entrepreneur Steve Kaplan and had been in talks with Swans officials since last year.
Donovan was first linked to the prospective ownership group last month, as reported by ESPN's Marc Stein. Stein reported that Donovan, who retired following the 2014 MLS season and holds both league and national goal-scoring records, will advise Kaplan and Levien on soccer-related matters.
With the announcement of Friday's approval by the Premier League, Donovan will have both played in and become a club part-owner in England's top flight. He made 17 appearances for Everton, scoring two goals, in two offseason loan stints from the Galaxy in 2010 and 2012.