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Landon Donovan

Announces Retirement

It's Time For A 'New Chapter'

8/7/2014 11:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0807-landon-donovan-tmz-01U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan is hanging up his spikes ... announcing he'll retire after the MLS season.

Donovan announced the decision on his Facebook page, writing, "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."

Donovan, who many consider the best player in the history of American soccer, says although he spent half his life in the sport, he's looking forward to a "new chapter" -- which some think means a trip to the broadcast booth.

U.S. Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann stirred up controversy earlier this year when he left Donovan off the World Cup roster. Despite the snub, Donovan says, "I will do everything I can to help the continued growth of soccer in the United States."

Thanks for the memories Landon. We loved watching you when nothing else was on ...

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7 COMMENTS

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FREEDOM    

THE END....

46 days ago
2.

HAIRYSACK    

US SOCCER SHOULD DO THE SAME!! THEY SUCKKKKKK

46 days ago
3.

Stiletto    

There is just nothing quite like some worthless, anonymous TMZ staffer/writer who's greatest claim to fame is getting an exclusive quote from an anonymous source regarding Lindsay Lohan, writing an article about a top US athlete with digs and insults in it.

46 days ago
4.

Nostradamus    

"Thanks for the memories Landon. We loved watching you when nothing else was on ..."
lol, harsh, but true

46 days ago
5.

mak920    

He will forever be known as the man who was very jealous of David Beckham.

45 days ago

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