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Football: Reyna Retires from International Soccer


United States national team captain Claudio Reyna has retired from international soccer, one day after his team was eliminated from the World Cup in Germany.

Reyna, who has been the U.S. captain for almost eight years, made the announcement Friday. On Thursday, his final World Cup game ended with a disappointing loss and injury.

The United States finished last in Group-E with one point after losing 2-1 to Ghana on Thursday. Reyna sprained a ligament in his left knee in the first half, losing the ball in a challenge that led to Ghana's first goal.

The U.S. captain played a key role in the team's run to the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Reyna scored eight goals in 112 appearances with the U.S. team. He plans to continue to play club football with Manchester City in England.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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