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)