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Former Everton Player Landon Donovan Will Retire

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The former Everton player and USMNT stalwart will conclude his playing career at the end of the year.

Chris Brunskill

Landon Donovan announced on Thursday that this season would be his last.

Everton supporters will remember him by loan stints from the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2010 and 2012, but United States Men's National Team and American soccer fans will remember him for so much more.

The 32-year-old Galaxy forward/attacking midfielder is widely considered to be the best American player of all time. Donovan won MLS Cups with both the Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes.

Donovan's performances in the 2002 and 2010 World Cup were what made him a household name in the United States, and not just in soccer circles. He debuted at the tournament in 2002, scoring twice, including a goal against Mexico in the Round of 16. His 2010 laser against Slovenia and winner versus Algeria secured his status as a legend of American footballers.

Donovan came to Goodison Park on loan in 2010 and scored 2 goals in 13 games across all competitions. He didn't find the back of the net when he returned in 2012, but he did notch 6 assists.

A crowd favorite along with fellow American Tim Howard, there was speculation of a possible third loan in 2013. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena put a quick stop to those rumors by saying he would block any potential deal.

Howard thanked Donovan on Twitter, stating "It's been an honor," and posted some photos of the two over the years.

The Galaxy have 15 remaining regular season games as well as the playoffs, if they qualify.