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Landon Donovan has reportedly interviewed for Real Salt Lake’s head coaching position

Landon Donovan celebrates after scoring against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City
In this June 4, 2005 file photo, Landon Donovan (U.S.) celebrates after scoring against Costa Rica in the U.S. vs. Costa Rica FIFA World Cup qualifier at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

Four years ago, USMNT legend Landon Donovan was close to signing with Real Salt Lake, but the deal didn’t quite get over the finish line.

Now, Donovan is reportedly in the running to become RSL’s next head coach.

On Wednesday afternoon, The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal reported that Donovan is one of “a large number of candidates” the club has interviewed so far. The list also includes former player and coach Jason Kreis — the leader during the team’s run to the MLS Cup in 2009 — and Atlanta United assistant coach Rob Valentino, Stejskal reported.

Donovan is currently co-owner, team executive and head coach of San Diego Loyal of the USL Championship, the same league RSL affiliate Real Monarchs is in.

Pablo Mastroeni is currently serving as interim head coach of RSL after Freddy Juarez left to become an assistant on the Seattle Sounders staff.