Landon Donovan joins group trying to lure MLS to San Diego

Landon Donovan is throwing his support behind San Diego's bid for an MLS expansion franchise on 2018.

Speaking on Facebook Live on Friday, the league's all-time leading scorer announced he has joined FS Investors, the ownership group looking to land a team in the city.

With the NFL's Chargers relocating to the Los Angeles area and leaving the 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site vacant, the group has proposed remaking the area into a sports-entertainment district that would include a 30,000-seat stadium for an MLS team and San Diego State's football program.

The Chargers announced on Jan. 12 that they would play in the Los Angeles area next season after 56 seasons in San Diego.

The group, which includes Padres lead investor Peter Seidler and former Qualcomm president Steve Altman, has the exclusive negotiating rights with the MLS. The league is expected to designate expansion cities this fall.

Donovan played for the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy during his MLS career, and currently resides in San Diego with his wife and child.

The group has created a Facebook page on which fans can vote from a list of 50 potential names for the franchise.