LA Galaxy and US national team star Landon Donovan announced today that he will retire at the end of this MLS season. And as it happens, the Galaxy's final regular-season game this year is Oct. 25 in Seattle, with CenturyLink Field opened to its full 67,000 capacity, and NBC on hand for the national telecast.
Here's the Donovan retirement report from the Galaxy.
Here's some reaction from Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson:
“He’s one of the top players U.S. Soccer has ever produced. 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.”
Below is a statement from MLS commissioner Don Garber:
“There is no doubt that Major League Soccer would not be what it is today without Landon Donovan. His decision to join MLS in 2001 was a statement to the entire soccer community, at the most crucial time in our history, that MLS could be a league of choice for the best American players. Landon is to MLS, what Michael Jordan was to the NBA, Wayne Gretzky was to the NHL and Tiger Woods was to the PGA Tour; a player who’s sporting accomplishments and popularity transformed their respective leagues and set a new standard for how the game would be played.
“While Landon is arguably the greatest player our country has ever produced, it is his character and his commitment to growing the game in the United States that truly makes him so special. We plan to celebrate his career during the second half of the MLS season, and we look forward to working alongside Landon as he continues to work in the sport he loves.”