The high-water mark of Landon Donovan’s season may have come last night in the MLS All-Star Game, but the former U.S. Men’s National team star saved his biggest shot for this afternoon.
One day after scoring the game-winner vs. Bayern Munich in the MLS All-Star Game, Donovan, 32, announced on Facebook page that he will be retiring at the end of the current MLS season.
This comes on the heels of the midfielder being omitted for the U.S. World Cup roster that bowed out in the Round of 16 to Belgium last month in Brazil.
The LA Galaxy playmaker will likely end his career as the all-time leading goal scorer in U.S. Men’s National team history (57) and finish with the the second-most appearances for the country (only behind Cobi Jones’ 164).
In all likelihood (until the Michael Jordan of soccer shows his face in America), Donovan will go down as the best player the United States has ever produced, having led the side through the best era in American soccer history.
While he won Best Young Player of the 2002 World Cup and announced his arrival to the world, Donovan will be remembered by most for his goal that sent the U.S.A. to the group stage of the 2010 World Cup vs. Algeria in South Africa.
Cheers Landon, all the best.
Also, if that first video doesn’t pat your fancy and you have 15 minutes to kill, here are all 57 of Donovan’s goals for the Stars and Stripes.
Have at it.