American international Landon Donovan brought an end to his stellar career in the best possible manner. He won his sixth MLS cup title in his final match for LA Galaxy.
Despite being only 32 years old, the forward had announced his retirement at the end of the season. He had the opportunity to go out on a high as LA Galaxy were involved yet another MLS cup final match. New England Revolution were the opponents this time around and there was a lot of belief prior to the match that LA Galaxy would give the fitting send off to their most illustrious player.
This is due to the poor record New England Revolution have when it comes to finals. Robbie Keane secured the winner in a 2-1 victory, which sees Donovan lift championship for a sixth time. He is easily the most celebrated player in the MLS. After starting his professional career back in 1999, he has represented the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, San Jose Earthquakes, Bayern Munich, and Everton. He was also part of three World Cups with the American national team, although he missed out on the 2014 edition after falling out with manager Jurgen Klinsmann. His international career saw him represent the US national team in 157 matches.
“I don’t want it to end right now. It’s been a lot of fun,” said Donovan after the win.“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. I will miss my coaches, at both the club and national team levels, who have helped me develop throughout my career and helped make me the player I am today,” said the US soccer star at the time of announcing his retirement a few months ago.