In an ESPN interview, MLS and United States Soccer star Landon Donovan said he may quit soon to travel alone. Donovan, 30, eluded to calling it quits, at least for a while to reassess his priorities as he traveled alone.
“Right now, I need time to think and that is impossible to achieve while I am playing,” he told ESPN. “I need to determine if I want to play, and if the answer is yes, I need to work out where and for how long.”
“I plan to spend a lot of time traveling to distant places, alone. I am not sure where. I want to take time to have some freedom and not worry about my next game or being fit. It may take me two weeks, two months or a year,” he added.
Landon is under contract currently with the L.A. Galaxy, but has been on loan to the Everton Soccer Club in England’s Premier League. Donovan said he had been invited to return to Everton in the upcoming season, but has not yet decided if he will play or quit.
“Everton was a fling that grew into a full-blown affair. I do think about them because they really stole my heart when I walked into Goodison Park,” he said. “Everyone was so unbelievably welcoming, from Mr Moyes to the tea lady. I have such affection for the club.”
Landon Donovan has explained inconstancy in his own play has left him questioning his own ability. “I’ve struggled with motivation at many points in my career. I’ve had times where it all came easily but there have been stretches where I have questioned it. I have some selfish things I need to do, and I have some things to work out.”
Donavan added that due to his constant soccer schedule he has missed milestones with his family. “My family want me to either play and be happy or else to have their son and brother back.”