Landon Donovan’s final USMNT match comes against Ecuador


U.S. Soccer fans will get one last chance to say goodbye to Landon Donovan.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Donovan would indeed suit up for the team one final time on Oct. 10th for a friendly against at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.

“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,” said Donovan 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.”

While Jurgen Klinsmann did not issue a statement of his own, he did tweet “Awesome that all @ussoccer fans will have the chance to show appreciation for Landon Donovan’s amazing #USMNT career on 10/10 in Hartford !!”

The U.S. all-time goal and assist leader made waves throughout this season, first as an unlikely roster cut to the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup squad, and then after his unexpected club retirement announcement earlier this month.

While not officially listed as a testimonial match, there is no question that Donovan will be the honoree of this encounter.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”