Landon Donovan talks about David Beckham's retirement

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Landon Donovan and David Beckham's relationship had its ebbs and flows over the years, but by the time that the Englishman departed the LA Galaxy, the pair had developed a proven track record of success together including two consecutive MLS Cup trophies. 

Beckham announced his retirement from soccer on Thursday, ending his illustrious career, which included two MLS Cup victories with the Galaxy. As LA prepares for Sunday’s match against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, Donovan discussed the retirement of his former teammate.

Donovan's comments are below...

(On David Beckham’s retirement….)

DONOVAN: "We’re not all that surprised, but he’s had arguably one of the best careers of any players. I think that he’s won championships in four different countries with four different teams which is pretty impressive. All the stuff that he’s meant and done for our league speaks for itself. We’re happy that he’s ready to move on to the next chapter in his life.”

 (On any lasting memories of serving as a teammate of Beckham’s….)

DONOVAN: “Some of the best memories for me are just seeing him interact with his children. He’d bring his kids into training a lot and for me; I enjoyed that part a lot because it humanized him.  A lot of times, celebrities are put on a pedestal and someone with his fame is seen in one way, but he’s human and a father just like many people are and it was always nice to see him with his kids."