Experienced forward to retire at the end of the season.
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LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has confirmed his retirement from professional football, according to reports from Sky Sports, with the legendary icon of American soccer set to hang up his boots at the end of the current MLS season.
The 32 year-old has been one of the USA’s most influential players of his generation, despite struggling during his first spell in Europe in the Bundesliga, dominating the MLS goalscoring charts with his performances for the LA Galaxy.
Donovan was more successful in England, enjoying a couple of fruitful loan spells with Everton under the management of David Moyes, although he couldn’t be persuaded to leave California again on a permanent basis.
Also a stalwart of the USA national team, there was some controversy this summer when manager Jurgen Klinsmann chose to leave Donovan out of his squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, despite his clear influence and quality.
Donovan did play at the three previous World Cups however, and will end his career as one of the USA’s most influential footballers of all time.
He took a break at the start of last year, citing a loss of motivation, however – so it comes as little surprise that he has now chosen to hang up his boots for good.