Former United States international Landon Donovan has decided not to run for U.S. Soccer Federation president, multiple sources with knowledge of Donovan's thinking have told ESPN FC.

Donovan, 35, was first reported to be contemplating a run by SI.com back on Oct. 18, and sources confirmed to ESPN FC he was mulling over his options.

But sources close to Donovan say that he wants to stay out of the political side and dedicate his time and energy to improving the game at all levels.

So far, seven candidates have officially declared their intentions. They consist of Boston-based attorney Steve Gans, Springfield, Mass.-based businessman Paul Lapointe, former U.S. international Eric Wynalda, current USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, former U.S. international Paul Caligiuri, New York-based attorney Mike Winograd, and former U.S. international and NBC Sports broadcaster Kyle Martino.