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Steve Cherundolo announces retirement
   March 19, 2014 (10:59 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post


For those few people still holding out hope that Steve Cherundolo would the right back for the USMNT in Brazil, you can put that dream to rest as Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement today at a press conference in Hannover after battling knee injuries over the past two years.

The 35-year-old defender ends a career which saw him play 370 league games, including a club-record 302 in the Bundesliga, for Hannover 96 and 87 career caps with the USMNT, including a spot on the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup rosters.

At the press conference, it was announced that Cherundolo will become a co-trainer for Hannover’s U-23 team as he works towards getting his coaching license.

While it sucks to see his career end, congrats to one of the most underrated players in US Soccer history (in my opinion).

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5 Responses to “Steve Cherundolo announces retirement”

  1. Curtis says:

    Really sad to see this news, as Steve was one of my favorite USMNT players over the past decade or so. Every time he stepped on the field, I felt he was giving his all for the shirt, and maximizing his potential on the field. Not the fastest or most physically-gifted player by any means, but always seemed to get the job done, and man could be get up and down that touchline.

    If the time was right for him, then God-speed — but you will be missed Steve!

  2. Todd T. says:

    Well said Curtis. It is a sad day for the USMNT. Dolo has been a class act on and off the field!!!! Hannover said that they will have a place for him inside the organization. I am not sure what that means but it seems like he would be a great coach! Three cheers for the “Mayor of Hannover”!!!

  3. CP says:

    Thanks Steve for being the unsung hero of 2010..We wouldn’t have advanced out of the group stage without you…

  4. Howie says:

    I know a lot of people wanted to see him in MLS, but I think it’s pretty awesome to see him on this list.

  5. Trent says:

    So, Cherundolo retires and Chandler gets injured on the same day. I’d say that solidifies Cameron at right-back.

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