The Soccer Desk

USMNT Legend Steve Cherundolo Announces Retirement


If news reports from Germany are to be believed, USMNT veteran Steve Cherundolo is officially retiring from soccer today.

Cherundolo,35, finally called it quits after a long battle with injuries, with Hannover 96 scheduling a press conference for Wednesday in which Cherundolo and President Martin Kind will be in attendance.

The veteran US international sustained a knee injury in the winter in the 2012/2013 season, but despite three operations, aggravated it again in November, forcing him to make only two appearances this season.

The right back’s last cameo was when he started in December against SC Freiburg, but he experienced setbacks since then and was never able to gain a spot back in the starting XI.

And with his contract expiring after this season, it was more than likely that he would be announcing his retirement at this point, especially with his unfortunate situation.

With 370 Bundesliga appearances, the Hannover captain was one of the few Americans that was able to consistently play for a top flight team throughout his whole career.  He grew into the leader position in the team and earned the nickname, “Mayor of Hannover.”

The USMNT defender had appeared 87 times for the red, white, and blue.  He had participated in the World Cup in 2002, 2006, and 2010, and if he is in fact retiring, would finish with two goals in his international career.