L.A. Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan, the all-time leading goalscorer both in Major League Soccer and for the United States men’s national team, announced his intention to retire at the end of this season in an open letter on the Galaxy’s website Thursday afternoon.
Donovan has scored 138 goals for the San Jose Earthquakes and the Galaxy and 57 more with the national team — including, famously, one in stoppage time of the U.S.’ final 2010 World Cup group stage match against Algeria to secure the squad’s progression.
“He’s one of the top players U.S. Soccer has ever produced,” Sounders sporting director and former United States international Chris Henderson said. “For me, if we wasn’t the best, he was among the best national team players I ever played with. I think he’ll be known as the best player and most impactful in this generation.
“There are a lot of players that go through their careers and hit milestones, but Landon is a winner. He won at club level. He won at international tournaments. When you’re done with your career, they will ask what you won. And Landon won quite a bit. There is going to be a lot of celebrating the career he’s had and I’m sure he’s going to try and go out on top.”
Donovan’s final career regular-season MLS match will come at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 25.