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Twitter reacts to Landon Donovan's shock retirement annoucement

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Twitter was flooded with tributes following Landon Donovan's announcement that this season will be his last in the game, with many shocked by the LA Galaxy star and ex-Everton loanee's decision.

Just 24 hours after scoring the game-winning goal in the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 comeback win over Bayern Munich, USA international and La Galaxy star Landon Donovan made the shock announcement that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.

The 32-year-old revealed the news on Thursday in a reflective letter to fans, calling time on a prosperous career, which has seen him become the most recognisable and iconic figure in the American game.

‘I don't write these words lightly and this day carries mixed emotions for me. I am sad to leave a profession that has brought me so much joy. However, after spending half my life as a professional soccer player, I also am excited to begin a new chapter and pursue other opportunities that will challenge me and allow me to grow as a person.’

The League’s all-time leading scorer, with 138 goals in 320 games, Donovan has starred in MLS for 14 seasons between spells at the San Jose Earthquakes and with LA, winning five MLS Cups and the 2009 MVP award, among other honours.

Beginning his professional career in 1999 with Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, before returning to the US in 2001 to make his MLS debut with San Jose, the forward also had a forgettable time on loan at Bayern Munich in early 2009, but enjoyed more success during short stints at Everton in 2010 and 2012.

Boasting a record 156 caps and 57 international goals since making his debut in 2000, Donovan’s name has become further synonymous with the US team over the years, having netted five times in 12 World Cup appearances at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 tournaments.

However, he was controversially omitted from the 2014 squad by Jurgen Klinsmann, in a move which is largely thought to stem back to his decision to take a three-month sabbatical from the sport after the 2012 season, in order to recharge his batteries in Cambodia.

Having agreed to a new multi-year contract extension with Galaxy just last August, most had assumed the California-native had a few more seasons left in him, with fans and various figures within the game taking to Twitter to both express their shock and celebrate his remarkable career.

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