Originally billed as a welcome home match for the United States Men’s World Cup team, the U.S. friendly versus Ecuador on October 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut, has morphed into a Farewell Match for Landon Donovan.
Donovan, who announced his retirement from the sport earlier this month, will have one last chance to add to his all time U.S. national team record totals of 57 goals and 58 assists when the he takes the field for the U.S. MNT for the 157th, and final time, at Rentschler Stadium versus Ecuador.
Donovan made his senior national team debut for the U.S. in 2000, going on to win the award as the Best Young Player at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan.
A dangerous and versatile attacker, Donovan would go on to represent the U.S. at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup’s, before Jurgen Klinsmann left Donovan off of the 2014 roster in what was a stunning, and controversial omission.
Donovan is widely considered to be the best American national team field player ever, and his added time goal versus Algeria will be remembered as one of the great moments in American soccer.
Donovan is delighted to have one last chance to represent his country, as he makes clear in this statement.
“Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time.” “I’m so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I’m thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen.”