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07th Aug 2014

Landon Donovan announces his retirement from football at the age of 32

The LA Galaxy striker made the announcement on his Facebook page this evening.

Tony Cuddihy

The LA Galaxy striker made the announcement on his Facebook page this evening.

Landon Donovan is retiring from football at the end of the MLS season.

The striker, overlooked in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA squad for this summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil, wants a new challenge.

The 32-year-old has spent most of his career in the States with the Galaxy, but has also played in Europe with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and two successful loan spells with Everton.

This is Donovan’s Facebook post in full…

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 don’t write these words lightly and this day carries mixed emotions for me. 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.

There are so many people I want to thank who have inspired me, guided me and helped me on this incredible journey. I simply could not have accomplished what I did during my playing career without an overwhelming amount of support from my family, my friends and many others.

I plan to express my gratitude to everyone in a more detailed manner at a later date; however, for now, I want to single out the fans. You are the lifeblood of this sport and, without you, none of us would be fortunate to call ourselves professional soccer players in MLS.

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.