By Chris Kral
Landon Donovan has announced his intention to retire from soccer at the end of the 2014 season.
Donovan began his MLS career in 2001 when he joined the San Jose Earthquakes. After 4 seasons, Donovan landed with his current home, the LA Galaxy in 2005.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular faces of MLS, Landon Donovan has been a huge factor in the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. and abroad.
Although he was ‘snubbed’ from this year’s World Cup team, Donovan has been a contributing member to the USMNT and has helped elevate U.S. soccer’s legitimacy in the eyes of the international soccer community.
Here’s Landon Donovan’s official statement:
After careful deliberation, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player https://t.co/UuxXkXlYi1— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 7, 2014
Here’s 5 reasons why Landon Donovan is the best MLS player ever:
1. Landon Donovan holds the record for most MLS goals (138 so far).
2. Landon Donovan has been an MLS All-Star 14 times (2x MVP).
3. Landon Donovan has scored 57 USMNT goals (all-time leader).
4. Landon Donovan holds the record for most goals (106 so far) with the LA Galaxy.
5. Landon Donovan has won 5 MLS Cups (2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012).
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