Landon Donovan confirmed on his Facebook page that he will retire at the end of this Major League Soccer season:
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 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.
Donovan, 32, will go down as the greatest American soccer player ever. He owns the United States men’s national team all-time records for goals (57), assists (58), and starts (140), and is only second to Cobi Jones with 156 caps:
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)August 7, 2014
Donovan also holds the all-time goalscoring record in MLS (138 goals), which he broke earlier this summer, and is second place all time in assists (124) and game-winning goals (38):
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy)August 7, 2014
For everything, #ThanksLD.— Major League Soccer (@MLS)August 7, 2014
For more on Donovan’s pending retirement, go here!