Hannover, Germany (4E Sports) – Hannover 96 and United States defender Steve Cherundolo decided to retire Wednesday due to persistent knee problems that bothered him for the last 15 months.
Cherundolo, 35, will remain with the club as assistant coach for Hannover’s under-23 team.
After playing college soccer at the University of Portland, Cherundolo spent his entire professional career with Hannover beginning in 1999, earning him the nickname “Mayor of Hannover”.
He was a mainstay for the U.S. in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup’s and has won 87 caps for the U.S. men’s national team after making his debut vs. Jamaica in 1999.
The full-back played every minute of the United States’ four games in South Africa in 2010.
His last appearance for the national team came in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win vs. Guatemala in October 2012.
Before he announced retirement he was poised for inclusion to Jurgen Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup squad.