CHICAGO: After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the United States against Ecuador on October 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said: “For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field.
“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.”
Donovan, upset at being dropped from the national squad before the World Cup finals, announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the national team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).
Looking ahead to his last game for the US, Donovan said: “Playing for the 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.”
Donovan, four-time US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure.
In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.