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Steve Cherundolo by the Numbers

Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a stellar playing career for both the U.S. Men’s National Team and his longtime professional club Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.

Cherundolo was the team captain and spent his entire professional career at Hannover. For the USA, he is on the top-20 list all-time in career appearances (87) and assists (10).

Here is a look at some of Cherundolo’s noteworthy numbers on the international and professional fronts:

  • 2: Career goals with the Men’s National Team – March 22, 2006, against Germany (4-1 loss) and Nov. 17, 2007, against South Africa (1-0 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge)
  • 3: Career FIFA World Cup rosters (2002, 2006, 2010); one of only three MNT defenders to be rostered for three World Cups, the others being National Soccer Hall of Famers Marcelo Balboa and Eddie Pope
  • 7: Consecutive years Cherundolo recorded at least one assist for the MNT from 2004 to 2010
  • 10: Career assists, which tied him for 12th all-time with Chris Henderson, Brian McBride and Earnie Stewart
  • 13: Years spent on the U.S. MNT from 1999-2012
  • 75: Yards on Cherundolo’s first MNT goal on March 22, 2006, against Germany; his long-distance pass bounced into the net after U.S. forward Eddie Johnson and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn collided into each other
  • 87: Career MNT caps, ranking 19th on the all-time list
  • 302: Club-record appearances at Hannover 96
  • 390: Minutes logged during the 2010 FIFA World Cup as Cherundolo played in every minute of all four matches, including the 120-minute Round of 16 loss against Ghana
  • 45-27-15: U.S. MNT’s record when Cherundolo played in a match (.603 winning percentage)

Cherundolo Retires honors defender Steve Cherundolo, who retired in 2014. The captain of Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga is calling it quits after 15 years and is the only U.S.-born player to play his entire career in Europe. Arguably the best ever to play right back for the #USMNT, we take a look back at some of his greatest moments.

The ‘Mayor of Hannover’ Moves on

Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement from playing professional soccer on Wednesday. The captain of Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga is calling it quits after 15 years and is the only U.S.-born player to play his entire career in Europe.

MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

The countdown clock continues to tick as the May deadline for FIFA World Cup-bound nations to submit their preliminary 30-man tournament rosters draws ever closer. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stating that, “The door remains open till the very last day,” for U.S. players in leagues all over the world, so the pressure to put in eye-catching performances increases with each match.

While, MLS-based players are gearing up for the domestic season, players abroad find themselves beginning their club campaigns in Mexico or cutting through the meat of seasons across Europe. With games taking place all over the globe from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Klinsmann and his staff will fan out across Europe to take in a couple games in person.

On Saturday, some of the coaches will pay a visit to Nurnberg to watch defender Timmy Chandler lace up his boots for a go-round with visiting Bayern Munich. GolTV will air the match live at 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

A second group will set up shop at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England, to check out Geoff Cameron and visiting Stoke City battle the Saints. The match will be available live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans who wish to do some scouting of their own can check out the following list of games that will be broadcast in the United States this weekend, featuring up to 13 U.S. MNT players who will be looking to impress as the competition for a World Cup roster spot continues to heat up:

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

ESPN Deportes
TIJUANA-MONTERREY (live) 10:30 p.m. (Liga MX)
Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez

NÜRNBERG-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 9:30 a.m. (Bundesliga)
Timmy Chandler

NBC Sports Live Extra
SOUTHAMPTON-STOKE CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Geoff Cameron

ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Brad Guzan

SUNDERLAND-HULL CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Jozy Altidore

USA Network
TOTTENHAM-EVERTON (live) 8:30 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Tim Howard

MANCHESTER UNITED-FULHAM (live) 11 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Clint Dempsey

ESPN Deportes
PUEBLA-CHIVAS (live) 1 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

SCHALKE-HANNOVER (live) 11:30 p.m. (Bundesliga)
Steve Cherundolo


NANTES-LYON (delay) 12:30 p.m. (League1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Remaining one of the USA’s most consistent high-level performers, Cherundolo combines tidy marking and composed play with well-timed forays into the attack. Years of seasoning led to his finest performances of his international career during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His steady presence has long been on display in the Bundesliga, where he has been a regular at Hannover for more than a decade and has been elevated to team captain, maintaining one of the steadiest professional careers of any U.S. player in Europe and garnering the respect and admiration of players, coaches and fans.

  • Reached career highs with the MNT for games played (13), games started (12) and minutes played (1000)
  • A three-time FIFA World Cup veteran, he played every minute in South Africa
  • A U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year finalist for two years running, his through ball sprang Landon Donovan on the run that led to the USA’s first goal in the come-from-behind 2-2 draw against Slovenia
  • Increased his career cap in World Cup qualifying to 21 with seven matches played in the 2010 qualifying tournament
  • Scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2007, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge
  • The “Mayor of Hannover” now serves as team captain, having helped Hannover gain promotion to Germany’s top division in 2003 and collecting more than 300 appearances for the club

2012: Started five out of six World Cup qualifiers, missing the Sept. 7 loss at Jamacia with an injury ... Earned Budweiser man of the Match honors for his performance in the 1-0 win against Jamacia four days later in Columbus ... Played in nine matches, the third-highest total in his 13-year career ... Pulled right back duty in the 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa ... 2011: Reached career highs for games played (13), games started (12) and minutes played (1000) … Earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his performance against Belgium on Sept. 6 in Brussels … Was on track to play every minute in the CONCACAF Gold Cup until a sprained ankle sidelined him in the 11 th minute of the final against Mexico … 2010: One of five players to play every minute in the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Posted two total assists in 2010 – to Donovan on June 18 against Slovenia and Edson Buddle on June 5 against Australia … He has now been on the scoresheet for seven consecutive years …Wore the captain’s armband in the first Send-Off Series match against Czech Republic on May 25 in Hartford … Earned Man of the Match honors on June 5 against Australia and Oct. 9 against Poland … 2009:  A hip injury forced Cherundolo to the sidelines for the first half of final round qualifying and the Confederations Cup … Started the first two matches of the Gold Cup, against Grenada and Honduras, before returning to Hannover for preseason … Recorded his eighth career assist when he set up Ching’s insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Honduras in the Gold Cup …Played his first final round qualifier in the 2-1 loss in Mexico City … Finished on a high note with a start and solid performance in the 2-2 draw on Oct. 14 against Costa Rica in D.C. … 2008: Made eight appearances, all starts, as he took his career total for the U.S. past 50 … Started in four World Cup qualifying games, including three games in the semifinal round … Delivering an assist on Brian Ching's second goal in the 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15 in Carson, Calif. … 2007: Scored his second career goal in a 1-0 win in South Africa on Nov. 17, a great finish into the upper near corner from a tight angle … Made his first appearance for the national team in 2007 in the 3-1 win against Ecuador on March 25 in Tampa … A back injury kept him out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America … Returned to the squad in the late summer for a friendly against Sweden … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad that competed in Germany … Started at right back in all three games for the United States, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Italy … Finished the year with seven appearances for the United States, all of them in the starting 11 … Scored the first goal of his MNT career against Germany on a bizarre play that saw Eddie Johnson collide with Oliver Kahn, allowing his 75-yard pass to roll into the net … 2005: Played in 10 games in 2005, including five final round qualifiers … His only point of the year was a huge one, registering a crucial assist to Eddie Johnson against Trinidad & Tobago in the 2-1 win on Feb. 9 in Port of Spain … A part of the 2005 Gold Cup-winning side, he earned Man of the Match honors for his solid performance in a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica on July 12 in Foxborough … A vicious studs-up tackle in the quarterfinal match on July 16 against Jamaica left him sidelined with a sprained MCL … 2004: A regular call-up in Bruce Arena’s scheme, he played in six matches, starting five … Recorded his first World Cup qualifying assist, feeding Landon Donovan for the strike that gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxborough … His other assist of the year came in the same building as he set up Brian McBride for the first goal in the comfortable 4-0 win against Honduras …  2003: Club conflicts limited his action, as he made just five appearances in 2003 … A member of the Confederations Cup roster, he played against Brazil and Cameroon in France … Made two consecutive starts against Jamaica on Feb. 13 in Kingston and Venezuela on March 29 in Seattle … 2002: Selected to replace Chris Armas on the 2002 World Cup roster, he suffered a knee injury while in Korea and was unable to play in the tournament … Made his only appearance of the year in a 4-2 loss to Germany on March 27 in Rostock … 2001: His first full year with the MNT came in 2001, when he played in eight matches ... After recovering from a serious knee injury in 2000, he started in six straight World Cup qualifiers in 2001, beginning with Honduras on March 28 … Played mostly as a right back, but was also inserted as a winger in a 3-5-2 formation … Appeared in seven of 10 matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup …  2000: Suffered a devastating knee injury while training in Germany and missed almost all of 2000 … 1999: Played 90 minutes on his debut in the USA’s 2-2 draw against Jamaica on Sept. 8 in Kingston …1998: Trained with the U.S. Men’s National Team in San Diego prior to the 1998 World Cup ... Under-23s: As an 18-year-old, he made his debut with the U.S. Under-23 team against Canada on March 28, 1998 ... Missed the 2000 Olympics due to a knee injury … Under-20s: Co-captained the U.S. to an 11 th place finish at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria ... Started all nine internationals in 1999 ... Scored two goals in three exhibitions in the same year ... Had three assists in 16 international games in 1998 ... Made his Under-20 debut on April 4, 1998, in a 1-1 draw against Iceland and assisted on the U.S. goal ... Under-18s: Appeared in all four of the U.S. U-18s international matches in 1997 … First Cap: Sept. 8, 1999, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: March 27, 2006, vs. Germany.
2012: Started 16 of 17 league matches to open the campaign .. Marsheled teh defense to six shutouts ... 2011-12: Finished the campaign with 22 league starts as his side earned the 7th spot in the league table ... Led Hannover to the quarterfinals of the Europa League where they fell to eventual champions Athletico Madrid ... Provided an assist in the 2-1 win against Bayern Munich, in which he also recieved two yellow cards … 2010-11: Signed a contract extension with Hannover and was given the captain’s armband … Started every game for which he was available in the first half of the campaign … 2009-10: After fully recovering from injury, he resumed his regular role as the starting right back for Hannover … Appeared in 25 matches in the 2009-10 season … Scored his lone goal in the 4-1 loss on March 27 against FC Koln … 2008-09: Made 14 appearances in the first half of the season to take his career total to more than 250 league appearances with the club … Tallied one assist … Missed nearly the entire second half of the 2008-09 season, making two appearances midway through before deciding to have surgery to remove calcifications in his injured hip … Watched as Hannover finished in 15 th place in the Bundesliga … 2007-08: Ended the season with 33 appearances, all starts, and five assists  … Hannover finished the season in the top half of the table with an impressive eighth-place position … 2006-07: A return to health saw 35 appearances in all competitions for the right back … Hannover improved on their previous year, this time finishing in 11th place with 44 points … 2005-06: Recovery from the sprained MCL delayed his debut in the 2005-06 lineup, and injuries to his knee and calf limited his availability for the first half of the season … Eventually, he made 22 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring one goal, as Hannover finished 12 th2004-05: Started 32 of 34 matches for the 2004-05 season, missing only one match on either side of the campaign … His goal against Hamburg on Dec. 4 marked the first time in his career that he tallied three goals in a season … Hannover reached as high as fourth in the table, their best position ever, before finishing 10th … Signed a contract extension in January 2005 that ran through 2008 … 2003-04: A mainstay at the right back spot, he played in 29 matches, helping Hannover to five shutout performances in their last eight matches … That effort secured the team’s place in the Bundesliga for the next season …2002-03: Finished the 2002-03 campaign with 33 starts, contributing to Hannover’s 11th place finish and a second season in the Bundesliga … 2001-02: A regular choice at right back in Hannover’s first team in the 2001-02 season, he played in 30 league games (and scored one goal) as the team earned automatic promotion to the German Bundesliga with a first-place finish (losing just three league matches all season) ... Scored his first goal in a Hannover kit against SV Babelsberg on Oct. 14 … 2000-01: In his third season with Hannover 96, he appeared in 18 league matches, starting 10 … After breaking into the line-up in late November, he appeared in 19 of the team’s last 22 matches, including one German Cup match …1999-2000: After starting Hannover’s first four games, he traveled to Jamaica to make his U.S. international debut on Sept. 8 and finished the season as a regular starter before being injured ... 1998-99: Joined Hannover 96 in January 1999 after leaving Portland.
Married Mandy Rosier on New Year’s Eve 2009 … Enjoys golf, watching television and reading ... Enjoys punk rock music … Lists Arena Aufschalke in Germany as his favorite stadium and Amsterdam as the favorite city he has visited ... Has put his time in Germany to good use, starting “Kinderherz,” a foundation in Hannover in 2005 dedicated to raising money for children with heart conditions who need surgery … Speaks fluent German.
Left the University of Portland after his sophomore season to begin his professional career in 1999 … Was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year following his first year at the University of Portland in 1997.