American soccer legend Landon Donovan to retire

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) reacts after scoring his 136th MLS goal in the...

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) reacts after scoring his 136th MLS goal in the second half of the game against the Philadelphia Union at StubHub Center on May 25, 2014 in Carson, CA, USA. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

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Landon Donovan, the United States' all-time top scorer, will retire from the game at the end of the current Major League Soccer season, the player said on Thursday.

"After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player," Donovan, who played in three World Cups for the United States, said in a statement which was published on his LA Galaxy club's website.

"It has been more than anything I could have dreamed of to represent the LA Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, Everton, U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer throughout my career."

The forward scored 57 goals in 156 games for the U.S national team but was controversially left off the 2014 World Cup squad earlier this year.

Donovan, 32, took a break from the game in early 2013 saying he was struggling to find motivation and needed some time away from soccer.

The face of the national team and MLS, Donovan also had two unsuccessful spells in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich and had two loan spells in England with Premier League club Everton.

The Galaxy play their final regular season game on Oct. 25.


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