Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring

Landon Donovan calling it quits after season ends
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring
Landon Donovan, right, celebrates with Erick Torres (19), after Donovan scored the go-ahead goal in the second half of the MLS All-Star game, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.   (Ted S. Warren)

Landon Donovan last night was named MVP in his 14th MLS All-Star game, and today the LA Galaxy forward widely considered to be the best soccer player in American history says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top goal-scorer in MLS history and a five-time league champion. He scored a goal in the All-Stars' 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last night in Portland.

Donovan agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Galaxy just a year ago, pronouncing himself revitalized after an extended sabbatical. He took several months off after winning the Galaxy's second straight MLS Cup title alongside now-retired David Beckham in December 2012. Donovan was controversially left off his fourth US World Cup team this summer. In 2010, he did this. (More Landon Donovan stories.)

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