Landon Donovan Announces He’ll Retire From Soccer At End Of MLS Season

landon donovanThe most decorated player in U.S. soccer history is calling it a career.

Landon Donovan announced Thursday via Facebook that he will retire from professional soccer at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season.

“I don’t write these words lightly and this day carries mixed emotions for me,” the Los Angeles Galaxy and former U.S. men’s national team star wrote. “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.”

Donovan, 32, is a veteran of three World Cups, has 156 international caps to his credit and is the all-time leading scorer both for the USMNT (57 goals) and in MLS (138). Donovan also helped turn the Galaxy into a powerhouse, leading L.A. to four MLS Cups after winning his first with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2003.

Most recently, Donovan scored the winning goal Wednesday night in the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory over reigning Champions League title holders Bayern Munich.

The Galaxy’s regular season ends Oct. 25, with the MLS playoffs wrapping up in early December.

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Photo via Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images

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