Arguably the greatest soccer player in USMNT history, Landon Donovan, will get one final go around with the national team before finally hanging up his cleats for good.
The 32-year-old Donovan is expected to call it a career at the end of the current MLS season. He’s already made a huge mark on the soccer world, breaking numerous records along the way, including the USMNT’s career goal record with 57. Before he walks away, though, he’ll partake in the U.S.’s friendly showdown with Ecuador on October 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
“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,” Donovan said in a statement. “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.”
It’s a great call by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to allow Donovan one more opportunity to play for the UMSNT, especially after the legendary forward was controversially excluded from the 2014 World Cup roster. This will also give fans one more opportunity to show their love and respect for Donovan before he rides off into the sunset towards retirement.
Very classy Klinsmann. Very classy.