Portland, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Landon Donovan, acknowledged as the greatest American soccer player ever and the face of MLS for his entire career, will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season.
In his Facebook message, Donovan, 32, said that after a careful deliberation he has decided that this will be his last season.
It is seen as a bittersweet end for Donovan, who was left off the 2014 World Cup roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Donovan played in three World Cups for the United States and was a six-time member of MLS’ Best XI squad.
He is America’s all-time leading goalscorer in World Cups and MLS’ all-time leading goal scorer and won the MLS Cup five times with two different teams, among his many achievements.
Donovan also worked tirelessly to promote the league and the sport in America.
He is looking to try a lot of things after retirement, including coaching and broadcasting.
“I think in some capacity I want to coach,” said Donovan. “Broadcasting has always seemed interesting to me, and enjoyable. I’m not exactly sure.”