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Landon Donovan is retiring again


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Landon Donovan is heading off into the sunset... again.

The LA Galaxy and USMNT great “will almost certainly not return to playing in 2017”, according Grant Wahl.

Donovan came out of retirement in September in order to help the injury plagued club. He made nine combined regular season and post-season appearances, scoring one goal. The Galaxy were eliminated in the Conference Semifinals by the Colorado Rapids.

According to the LA Times, Donovan will return to broadcasting and coaching. He’s still only 34-years old, so maybe this won’t be the end (but it probably is). For now, it seems like we’ve seen the last of arguably the USMNT’s greatest player.

Donovan scored 57 goals in 157 national team appearances. He was a member of the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Cup squads. His exclusion from the 2014 World Cup by Jurgen Klinsmann generated a lot of controversy, but both player and coach have cleared the air and moved on.

Let’s remember the good times: