CHAD WINGER - Thursday, November 4, 2004
Landon Donovan has played his final MLS match, as the 22-year old will return to Germany to rejoin Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen following a long-term loan, Yanks Abroad has learned.
The now ex-San Jose Earthquake is due in Leverkusen this weekend and will attend Saturday's match against SC Freiburg at the BayArena, Leverkusen press officer Uli Dost confirmed to YA.
"He will arrive in Leverkusen Friday," Dost says Thursday morning. "At that time we will present him to the players and the coaching staff."
"During the following week we will meet with the player and his advisors, and an official announcement will come at that time."
MLS however, is being more tight-lipped.
When contacted by YA, San Jose's Seth Burton replied: "I cannot really comment on the situation at this time, however I do know that Landon was due to meet with Leverkusen at some point during the offseason."
"There will be more discussions, I know, but right now we do not have an official comment on the status of the situation."
Donovan will not be able to play for the side until the January 1st transfer window opens, but would be available in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League if the side progresses, or the UEFA Cup if they finish in third position of their group.