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Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country.

The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA.

“Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished.”

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Landon Donovan Retiring From Soccer

Landon Donovan Retiring From Soccer

iStock/Thinkstock(CARSON, Calif.) — L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan says he will hang up his cleats for good at the end of the Major League Soccer season.

“It’s bittersweet for me as I tell people and now as I say it here,” Donovan said during a news conference on Thursday. “There’s some sadness. I’m also equally excited for what’s to come.”

In 320 games with the San Jose Earthquakes and Galaxy, Donovan has scored 138 goals and has 124 assists. He’s the top goal scorer in MLS history and has won the league’s championship five times.

The 32-year-old Donovan has scored 57 international goals and five World Cup goals. He is the top goal scorer in MLS history, with 138 goals.

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Donovan Breaks MLS Goals Record

Donovan Breaks MLS Goals Record

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(CARSON, Calif.) — Just three days after being cut from the US National Team, Landon Donovan further cemented himself as America’s greatest soccer player. Donovan scored twice in a Major League Soccer contest to break the all-time regular-season goals record, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy earn a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

Fans greeted the Galaxy striker with signs of encouragement, ending a week in which he did not make the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup. Donovan entered the match tied with Jeff Cunningham at 134 career goals. In the 41st minute he scored his first goal in four games to break the record before adding another in the 81st minute.

Donovan also owns the league record for most playoff goals with 22 and even closed in on another MLS record on Sunday. The 32-year old registered an assist on Los Angeles’ first goal of the game, giving him 120 for his career. Current Houston Dynamo assistant coach, Steve Ralston, owns the league mark of 135.

Cunningham, another former US national player, was originally born in Jamaica and played 14 seasons in the MLS with five different teams. He retired in 2011 while playing for FC Dallas. This is Donovan’s 15th season in the MLS, playing in 307 career regular season games.

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Team USA Is Headed to Brazil

Team USA Is Headed to Brazil

Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The U.S. men’s soccer team is headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Americans shutout Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night and then watched as Honduras tied Panama 3-3, sending Team USA to the World Cup for the sev…

Klinsmann Reveals World Cup Qualifying Roster

Klinsmann Reveals World Cup Qualifying Roster

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK)  — The United States Men’s National Soccer Team roster for September World Cup Qualifying matches was announced Thursday.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann welcomed Landon Donovan back to the squad. Donov…

Shea Does it Again, U.S. Wins Gold Cup

Shea Does it Again, U.S. Wins Gold Cup

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — For the second game in the Gold Cup tournament, U.S. midfielder Brek Shea scored the only goal of the game, but this time, that goal won the U.S. the tournament title. Shea, who was substituted into the game …

U.S. Dominates El Salvador to Reach Gold Cup Semifinals

U.S. Dominates El Salvador to Reach Gold Cup Semifinals

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Landon Donovan had a goal and two assists to lead the United States past El Salvador 5-1 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunday.
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Shea’s Goal Sends US Past Costa Rica

Shea’s Goal Sends US Past Costa Rica

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(EAST HARTFORD, Conn.) — U.S. midfielder Brek Shea was substituted into the game in the 77th minute and scored the game-winner just five minutes later, giving the U.S. men’s soccer team a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the 2013…

Wondolowski Scores Twice As U.S. Defeats Cuba, 4-1

Wondolowski Scores Twice As U.S. Defeats Cuba, 4-1

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(SANDY, Utah) — Striker Chris Wondolowski scored two goals as the United States defeated Cuba, 4-1 on Saturday to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. With the U.S. leading, 2-1, the 30-year-old Wondolowski…

Wondolowski, Donovan Lead US Past Belize

Wondolowski, Donovan Lead US Past Belize

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Chirs Wondolowski scored three goals in the first-half, and Landon Donovan had a goal and two assists as the U.S. men’s national soccer team slammed Belize 6-1, in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold C…

Best in the Galaxy: Los Angeles Wins 2nd Straight MLS Cup

Best in the Galaxy: Los Angeles Wins 2nd Straight MLS Cup

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(CARSON, Calif.) — If it was Landon Donovan’s last game as a member of the Galaxy, he went out on a high note. The 30-year-old midfielder scored the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, helping lead the Galaxy…

Landon Donovan Won’t Play in World Cup Qualifiers

Landon Donovan Won’t Play in World Cup Qualifiers

Trevor Brown, Jr./Getty Images(MIAMI) — U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan has been ruled out of the U.S. National teams two upcoming World Cup qualifying matches due to an injured left knee.
Donvan, who plays for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy,…

US Ties Guatemala in World Cup Qualifier

US Ties Guatemala in World Cup Qualifier

JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/GettyImages(Guatemala City) —  Guatemala’s Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 82nd minute, tying the Americans, 1-1, which was the eventual final score in the U.S. mens’ national team’s second World Cup Qualifying match.
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US Plays to a Scoreless Draw with Canada

US Plays to a Scoreless Draw with Canada

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The U.S. men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with Canada, in their exhibition game Sunday night.
The Canadians had a goal waved off in the 34th minute because a foul was called on a Canadian player.
The tie …

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