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Landon Donovan Retirement Announcement Quote Sheet – Aug. 7, 2014

U.S. Soccer Federation President SUNIL GULATI
“When the story of the growth of U.S. Soccer is told, Landon Donovan will be one of the central figures. As a player, and as an ambassador, he is incredibly committed to the growth of the sport in this country. Landon achieved unprecedented success as he emerged as the face of U.S. Soccer, and helped bring the game to another level. His extraordinary accomplishments on the field are admired and respected both here and abroad.  We look forward to celebrating his legacy.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
“Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow. As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished.”

U.S. Soccer Federation CEO and Secretary General DAN FLYNN
“Landon Donovan has been an integral part in the success of soccer in this country for the last 15 years. He has an impressive passion and commitment to the game on and off the field, and his career accomplishments for U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer have been extraordinary. We are all incredibly thankful for everything he's done to help advance the sport to new levels.”

LA Galaxy head coach BRUCE ARENA
“It’s an unbelievable legacy. I have a hard time thinking that there’s another American player that’s accomplished as much as Landon has. He’s been a champion at the club level, he’s been a force in the National Team programs, and he’s been really the focal point of this game in our country for so many years. He’s accomplished everything an American player can accomplish at this point in time. That’s quite a legacy. We all know the statistics and those kinds of accomplishments, but on top of that he’s a first-class person. That’s an unbelievable legacy to have.” 

U.S. Men’s National Team Forward LANDON DONOVAN
“After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player. It has been more than anything I could have dreamed of to represent the LA Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, Everton, U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer throughout my career.”

On who he would like to thank:
“There are so many people I want to thank who have inspired me, guided me and helped me on this incredible journey. I simply could not have accomplished what I did during my playing career without an overwhelming amount of support from my family, my friends and many others. I plan to express my gratitude to everyone in a more detailed manner at a later date; however, for now, I want to single out the fans. You are the lifeblood of this sport and, without you, none of us would be fortunate to call ourselves professional soccer players in MLS.”

On his future with soccer and working with the LA Galaxy Development Academy:
“I absolutely want to work with kids. I spoke to (Chris) Klein extensively about working with the Academy. That for me would be a really good way to come full circle. I fully expect that that will happen at some point.”

On what he hopes his legacy entails:
“I hope that my teammates will say I was a good teammate. I hope that my coaches will say they enjoyed working with me and having me on their team. I hope that the fans enjoyed watching and could see how much I gave to this sport over the last 16 years. That’s really it, because at the end of the day, the goals and the assists and accolades and that stuff, in the end they don’t mean a whole lot to me. But the relationships matter. I've always prided myself in being someone that guys wanted to be around.”

On the growth of soccer in the U.S.:
“The growth is slow but it’s significant. Now, when you wake up and it’s 2014, you see what’s going on and you see what’s happened this summer with the World Cup and the people paying attention; it’s fascinating. And I know we live in a society that tells us we need to be the best now, but I think we should all be very proud of what we have accomplished over the 18 years of this league.”