Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena said Landon Donovan will be part of the team this season, but he's letting his captain work out the timetable for his return from a self-imposed break designed to rekindle his passion for soccer.
However, Juergen Klinsmann, manager of the U.S. national team, doesn't sound quite as forgiving.
In an extended interview with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal, Klinsmann appeared a bit frustrated with Donovan, who complained of physical and mental exhaustion last year.
"Landon wanted his time," Klinsmann said. "He made certain decisions throughout the last couple of years that are his decisions. I watch that. I evaluate that.
"I could have evaluated him a few times when he was with us, not that many times. I will make the call at the end of the day if he hits into my plans or not."