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)
Today we look forward.
With the march towards 2022 underway and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as our guidepost, the U.S. Men’s National Team has embarked on a new journey. The hallmarks of the culture remain, with perseverance, grit and dogged determination fueled by the pride to represent the United States and each and every one of you.
We take nothing for granted. The path ahead will be paved with successes and informed by setbacks. We will build strength through commitment and character, accepting challenges and rising every time we fall. We will be aggressive and play without fear, for history demonstrates that fortune favors the bold.
Like any grand project, ours is a work in progress. We cannot do it alone. Pioneering a new path forward takes the will of a generation full of optimism and hope, bound by the belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve if we are united in the cause. This is the American spirit, from which is born the American dream. It is time to take our destiny in our own hands and turn that dream into a reality. And do it together.
The future is US.