US, Hanover defender Cherundolo retires
Steve Cherundolo, a 35-year-old defender for the US national team with 15 seasons in the German Bundesliga for Hanover, announced his retirement from football on Wednesday.
Nagging knee injuries have caused him to miss most of the 2013-2014 season and will keep the 2002, 2006 and 2010 US World Cup defender from making a charge into contention for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for this June in Brazil.
"Because of several knee injuries in the past 15 months, I have to stop my career as a professional footballer today," Cherundolo said.
"I have been allowed since 1999 to be with Hanover, a club that has made incredible sporting and economic progress. But at the same time it has not lost its heart and soul -- namely, the fans."
Cherundolo will join the coaching staff for Hanover's under-23 squad.
Cherundolo made the last of his 87 US national team appearances in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Guatemala in October of 2012. His first cap came against Jamaica in 1999.
He scored eight goals over 415 matches for Hanover since joining the German side in 1999.