Blake Thomsen, a writer for Sports Illustrated and the American Sports Network, has confirmed on twitter that Real Salt Lake has offered Landon Donovan a two year Designated Player level contract.
BREAKING: The @cboehm rumors are true. I can confirm that Real Salt Lake has offered a two-year DP deal to Landon Donovan.— Blake Thomsen (@blakecthomsen) December 29, 2016
This follows reports that the team was interested in signing Donovan after the departure of Javier Morales and Burrito Martinez, which surfaced earlier this week.
As nonsensical as this may have seemed at the time it is definitely picking up steam. No word yet from the RSL Front Office as to whether or not there is any validity to these reports. That, however, is pretty standard from Rio Tinto Stadium.
This move, if completed, would add a valuable veteran presence to a squad full of young and potentially great players. Landon Donovan’s experience on and off the field could be a huge asset for players like Bofo Saucedo, Jordan Allen, and Jose Hernandez — amongst others.
The details of the offer are still blurry but it being described as a Designated Player deal gives us some direction as to the amount that he could be paid for his time here. More to come, we’re sure, as this develops over the coming days.