By Chris Kral
Landon Donovan has announced his intention to retire from soccer at the end of the 2014 season.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Best Rain Friday Night
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).READ MORE: Getting Hosed: A Look At The Universe Of Chicago Water, And Its Sometimes-Sordid History, This Earth Day
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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