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Thanks for everything, Landon

Today, we say goodbye to the most significant and beloved player in the history of American soccer.

For nearly a decade and a half, Landon Donovan has been the pulse of the game stateside — and while he holds the goals and assists records for the U.S. Men’s National Team, his impact extends far beyond what any scoresheet could possibly hint.

From his earliest days as a teenager going up against legends twice his age, to his iconic goal against Algeria, to his unprecedented sabbatical at the peak of his career, Landon inspired millions with his actions between the lines and outside them.

It is a rare thing to see a player at once so confident yet humble, so talented yet grateful, and so selfless yet introspective.

Landon was all of those things, in addition to a damn good soccer player — and we wish him nothing but the best, today and beyond.

#ThanksLD

[Posted by Zack and Maxi]

To honor DaMarcus Beasley and his retirement from USMNT, here’s a photo of him, Kyle Beckerman, and Landon Donovan at Disneyland in November 1999.

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Away Days: America in Europe

Words and Photos by Nathen McVittie, from USA vs Czech Republic in Prague.

After the World Cup dust has settled, soccer continues.

International teams take to friendly matches to tune up ahead of competitive fixtures or to test the youth of tomorrow.

Their fans turn up, from near and far, to pay respect to old heroes or to catch a glimpse of heroes-to-be.

This past week, close to a thousand American fans took the plunge and traveled to Central Europe from all over the world in order to witness the continued evolution of an emerging power.

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