Donovan to get 1 final appearance with USMNT


Landon Donovan will get one more chance to sport the U.S. Soccer men’s national team crest before he hangs up his cleats at the end of the season.

U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that Donovan will be called up by coach Jurgen Klinsmann one last time when the team faces Ecuador in an international friendly match on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a news release. “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.”

During his USMNT career, Donovan has seen 157 appearances and has put away 57 goals.

“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 told U.S. Soccer. “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.”

Klinsman is also looking forward to the farewell game for Donovan.

“Awesome that all @ussoccer fans will have the chance to show appreciation for Landon Donovan’s amazing #USMNT career on 10/10 in Hartford!!” he tweeted Tuesday.

Contact Kira Terry at kterry@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @kiraterry

 

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