Landon Donovan: Forward retires as champion after MLS win

Landon Donovan in MLS CUP
Landon Donovan celebrates the final win of his career in the MLS Cup

Landon Donovan says he wishes he could continue playing football after his final game saw LA Galaxy triumph over New England Revolution.

The forward, 32, who has scored 57 times in 157 caps for the United States national team, featured in Galaxy's 2-1 MLS Cup victory.

He was already the most decorated player in the league's history and now has six MLS Cup championships.

Donovan said:external-link "I don't want it to end right now. It's been a lot of fun."

The forward began his professional career in 1999 with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, before going on loan to San Jose Earthquakes. He joined LA Galaxy in 2005 and has made 247 appearances, scoring 112 goals.

Donovan has spent time on loan at Bayern Munich and Everton - and played in three World Cups, though was left out of the 2014 squad by US coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Donovan's major awards
MLS Cup wins2003, 2011
MLS Most Valuable Player2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014
Lamar Hunt US Open Cup2005
MLS Supporters' Shield2010, 2011
MLS Golden Boot2008

He announced his retirement from the game in August, saying he wanted to "pursue other opportunitiesexternal-link that will challenge me and allow me to grow as a person".

After the victory over New England, former LA Galaxy player David Beckham wrote on Facebookexternal-link: "Great to see my old team LA Galaxy win MLS Cup. Robbie delivers again. Nice to see Landon win the trophy in his final game. Well deserved."

Team-mate Robbie Keane told the MLS websiteexternal-link it had been "an absolute honour to play with him".

The 2-1 win came after a tactical change at half-time which, according to the LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, was orchestrated by winning goal-scorer Keane.

Striker Gyasi Zardes was pushed into a wide role, allowing Donovan to push up through the midfield behind Keane.