MLS (Major League Soccer) giants LA Galaxy have confirmed that a statue of club legend Landon Donovanwill be unveiled and that he will be inducted into the LA Galaxy’s Ring of Honor on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Both the unveiling and induction will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park.
LA Galaxy revealed on their website that the Donovan statue will be unveiled at the Legends Plazasituated inside the Dignity Health Sports Park. The unveilingwill take place before the home derby match with LAFC on October 3 and the ceremony will be open to the public. During half-time of the aforementioned derby game, ex-Everton attacker Donovanwill be honoured and placed at the Ring of Honor alongside other club legends such as Doug Hamilton, David Beckham, Mauricio Cienfuegos and Cobi Jones.
The Donovan status unveiling is the second time the LA Galaxy have recognised a club legend with a statue after English football icon David Beckham. Ex-Manchester United skipper David Beckham was celebrated with a statue two years ago.
On being honoured with the statue, Donovan said it’s a special feeling and that he’s incredibly proud.
LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said the club is looking forward to honouring Landon Donovan whom he described as one of the most impactful players in the history of the club. According to him, Donovan helped the club claim four MLS Cup titles in addition to setting numerous records for both club and country.
As an LA Galaxy player, Donovan won the MLS Cup titles in 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He also won two Supporters Shield in 2010 and 2011 plus the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open title in 2005. Donovan is the overall leader in matches played, goals scored and assists made in the playoffs as far as MLS football is concerned. He has 15 goals plus nine assists in 30 games.