Aug. 26, 2014
ONE LAST TIME
Donovan's farewell U.S. game will be Oct. 10 vs. Ecuador
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 with the U.S. Men's National Team when the U.S. plays Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field n 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," 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."
Donovan announced on Aug. 7 that he would retire from soccer at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including career goals (57) and assists (58). He has scored an MLS-record 140 goals, with 125 assists.
"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. "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."
The four-time U.S. 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.
A veteran of three FIFA World Cups, his five goals in World Cup matches are the most by any American player and he is the only American to win the Golden Ball Award at a FIFA tournament, earning that honor at the Under-17 World Cup in 1999. Donovan has been named FIFA’s Best Young Player of the World Cup (2002), the CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP (2013) and to the Gold Cup Best XI four times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2013). Additionally, he is the all-time leading scorer in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with 18 goals, and helped the U.S. to four Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007, 2013).