The star soccer player has decided to "begin a new chapter and pursue other opportunities"

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
August 07, 2014 05:45 PM
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Landon Donovan has decided to retire from professional soccer.

America’s leading World Cup goal-scorer posted the news to his Facebook page on Thursday.

“After careful deliberation and after many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player,” Donovan, 32, wrote.

“I don’t write these words lightly and this day carries mixed emotions for me. I am sad to leave a profession that has brought me so much joy,” he continued. “However, after spending half my life as a professional soccer player, I also am excited to begin a new chapter and pursue other opportunities that will challenge me and allow me to grow as a person.”

Donovan will finish the 2014 Major League Soccer season as a forward for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Despite his stellar career, Donovan was omitted from the World Cup roster in 2014, issuing a response on Facebook on May 22.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have represented the US National Team in three World Cups. I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the US in the years to come.”

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