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“We think we’ve got three great designated players,” said Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s longtime coach and general manager. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have them. I think we’ve got the three best in the league.”

Donovan has more to accomplish in MLS, but he’s also eager for more U.S. national team success. He has played a leading role on the last three World Cup teams while becoming the U.S. national team’s career scoring leader in 150 appearances.

He returned to the international stage last month with a flourish, scoring five goals and showing off his remarkable playmaking ability while leading the Americans to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Donovan then scored four goals in the Galaxy’s last three games since he returned from the tournament.

Donovan’s return to the Galaxy is more good news for MLS, which welcomed U.S. star Clint Dempsey to Seattle this summer. Donovan believes the league has reached another superlative in its steady growth, and he wants to be part of it.

“I think we’re seeing a little bit of a tipping point right now,” Donovan said. “When you have a guy like Clint Dempsey, with all that he’s done and the player that he is, wanting to be in our league, it makes a big statement. When you have a young defender who has a plethora of options and Omar wants to stay here, it makes a big statement.”