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Landon Donovan Retires: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Landon Donovan, the greatest U.S. soccer player of all time, has said that he will be retiring from soccer. The legend made the statement on his Facebook page. He is 32 years old. Donovan leaves the game as the highest scorer in the history of the MLS and the USMNT.

Watch his greatest goals above.

Here’s what we know so far:


1. Donovan Said He Will Miss His ‘Teammates & Coaches’

Landon Donovan Algeria

Donovan said in a statement:

I am sad to leave a profession that has brought me so much joy. I will miss all of the teammates who helped me create so many incredible memories on-the-field, and who I have shared many wonderful experiences with off-the-field. I will miss my coaches, at both the club and national team levels, who have helped me develop throughout my career and helped make me the player I am today.

Relive that magic moment from 2010 again, when Donovan scored the winner against Algeria in the last minute:

Landon Donavan Algeria Goal

The statement read in full:

After careful deliberation and after many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player.

I don’t write these words lightly and this day carries mixed emotions for me. I am sad to leave a profession that has brought me so much joy. I will miss all of the teammates who helped me create so many incredible memories on-the-field, and who I have shared many wonderful experiences with off-the-field. I will miss my coaches, at both the club and national team levels, who have helped me develop throughout my career and helped make me the player I am today. However, after spending half my life as a professional soccer player, I also am excited to begin a new chapter and pursue other opportunities that will challenge me and allow me to grow as a person.

There are so many people I want to thank who have inspired me, guided me and helped me on this incredible journey. I simply could not have accomplished what I did during my playing career without an overwhelming amount of support from my family, my friends and many others. I plan to express my gratitude to everyone in a more detailed manner at a later date; however, for now, I want to single out the fans. You are the lifeblood of this sport and, without you, none of us would be fortunate to call ourselves professional soccer players in MLS.

I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have played a role in the remarkable growth of MLS and US Soccer during my playing career. And while my career as a player will soon be over, rest assured I will stay connected on many levels to the beautiful game.

As we enter a transformative time for the sport, I will do everything I can to help the continued growth of soccer in the United States. I look forward to making a difference, pursuing my passions and meeting all of you along the way in this next phase of my life.

With gratitude,
Landon


2. It’s Been a Tough Year for Donovan

Jurgen Klinsmann Landon Donovan

USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear Landon Donovan would not be going to the World Cup in May. (Getty)

The forward’s future had been unclear as far back as 2013. His decision comes just months after he was snubbed by USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the World Cup in Brazil.


3. He Just Signed a New Contract With the Galaxy in 2013

Landon Donovan Contract

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In August 2013, Donovan signed a “multi-year” contract with the LA Galaxy.


4. Donovan Can Stil Do it at the Highest Level

Landon Donovan Galaxy last game

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He leaves the game on a high. After breaking Brian McBride’s MLS All-Star scoring record, Donovan helped the MLS beat European giants, Bayern Munich, in the All-Star game.


5. Don’t Worry Folks, He’s Staying in Soccer

Landon Donovan USA

Donovan indicated in his statement that he will stay in soccer, saying:

As we enter a transformative time for the sport, I will do everything I can to help the continued growth of soccer in the United States. I look forward to making a difference, pursuing my passions and meeting all of you along the way in this next phase of my life.

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