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

(Newser) – 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.

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.
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 after he scored a coal against Bayern Munich in the MLS soccer All-Star match, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Portland, Ore.
Landon Donovan after he scored a coal against Bayern Munich in the MLS soccer All-Star match, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
US midfielder Landon Donovan reacts to a call against Mexico during a soccer match, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.
US midfielder Landon Donovan reacts to a call against Mexico during a soccer match, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)
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