Landon Donovan Retires After Winning MLS Cup With Galaxy

| by Daniel Yancelson

Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the New England Revolution 2-1 as the team won its league-record fifth MLS Cup Sunday at the StubHub Center.

The win marks Donovan’s last game as a professional soccer player. His retirement comes at a great time, as he finishes his legendary career with his sixth MLS Cup.

"I'm in a little bit of a daze," Donovan said. "There's a lot going on. There's a lot of obvious excitement, some sadness. There's uncertainty and just pure joy for this team and for what we did. It just feels a bit strange, I guess, is the best way to put it.”

The Galaxy went up on the score in the 52nd minute when Gyasi Zardes received a cross in the box and used his right foot to beat the goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth for their first lead of the match.

The Revs would then tie it at 1-1 with a great run from Chris Tierney into the box and a left foot finish to beat goalkeeper Jamie Penedo for the equalizer and ultimately send the championship game into overtime.

A sold-out crowd of 27,000 then witnessed the league MVP, Robby Keane, receive a brilliant long ball from Marcelo Sarvas and beat the goalie in the 111th minute for the win.

Although Donovan failed to score in the final game of his career, he leaves soccer as arguably the best male soccer player in U.S. history. He holds the record for most goals scored, most assists and most championships in MLS history. He is also the U.S. Men's National Team leader in goals scored (57), assists (57) and games started (140). 

"Landon has done the real shift in the game; he's done it all," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. "He's got very little left to give. I'm so happy that he's made this decision, that he's able to go out as a winner. Don't we all wish we could be able to leave what we do like the way Landon left today?

"He ends his career [as] arguably the greatest player in the history of U.S. Soccer. In the league, he's the all-time leading goal scorer with the assists record and championships ‐ what more can you say? Can you write that any better, that script?"

Sources: Yahoo Sports, / Photo Credit: USA Today