Donovan joins Bayern Munich on temporary loan

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Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed forward Landon Donovan has joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on a two-month loan spell until during the MLS off-season.

Having agreed the loan deal in November after a 10-day trial, Donovan will join the Bavarians immediately and is scheduled to return to Los Angeles on March 8, two weeks before the Galaxy opens the season against D.C. United on March 22.

The 26-year-old, who began his professional career with fellow German club Bayer Leverkusen, is the second all-time leading scorer in Galaxy history with 52 goals and 40 assists in four years.

He is also a five-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year Award, given annually to the top U.S. national team player, and has scored 37 goals in 106 appearances for the U.S. national team.

"I've appeared for a number of teams already," Donovan told Bayern's official website.

"I can play football, and I know what has to be done out on the pitch. I'm ready for the challenge, and when my chance comes, I'll take it.

"It'll be very tough, because (Miroslav) Klose and (Luca) Toni are in great form, but my job is to make the coach's job more difficult."

Donovan is currently with Bayern squad at their mid-season training camp in Dubai where the club is training during the Bundesliga's winter break.

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