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VIDEO: PST Extra – Why did Landon Donovan retire now? What’s his legacy?

Aug 7, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

On Thursday U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan called time on his glittering career.

Donovan, 32, announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. The LA Galaxy forward is the all-time leading scorer in MLS and for the U.S. national team.

For over 14 years he’s been the face of soccer, but now he’s hanging up his boots.

In the latest edition of PST Extra myself and Jenna Corrado break down Donovan’s decision, talk about his legacy for soccer in the U.S. and decipher if his exclusion from the USA’s World Cup squad this summer was pivotal.

Enjoy.

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  1. talgrath - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Any talk that Donovan is quitting because he didn’t go to the World Cup is getting things backward. Donovan didn’t lose his motivation because he wasn’t on the World Cup squad; Donovan wasn’t motivated anymore, so he wasn’t on the World Cup squad and he’s quitting professional soccer. There’s nothing wrong with him not being motivated, mind you, after sixteen years at the same job it’s hard to get motivated. Watch the press conference and watch the ESPN documentaries on the days leading up to the World Cup and tell me that is a guy that is still passionate and motivated to be the best player he can be before the World Cup.

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