October 6, 2014
DONOVAN TO PLAY FINAL GAME WITH NATIONAL TEAM
Friendly with Ecuador set for Friday, Oct. 10
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 when he plays against Ecuador in a friendly on Friday, Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Donovan and 20 other players into camp in preparation for the friendly which will kick off at 7 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.
Set to earn his 157th cap for the United States, Donovan will end his tenure with the MNT as the USA's all-time leader in goals (currently 57), assists (58), World Cup caps (12), and World Cup goals (5).
Following the game in East Hartford, Klinsmann is expected to make several changes to the U.S. roster that will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to face Honduras in the USA's first match in Palm Beach County.
"We look at these two games as an opportunity to take a picture of the player pool as it stands now," said Klinsmann. "Already the hierarchy starts to shift in some ways, which is normal at the beginning of a cycle. We are excited to look at this group against a very competitive team like Ecuador, and then we will have a chance to bring some different faces for the game against Honduras. Obviously, it's going to be a special night on Friday as everyone in the U.S. Soccer family will have the chance to honor the amazing career of Landon Donovan."
A total of 15 players return from the USA's 1-0 win against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, including 10 starters and game-winning goal scorer Alejandro Bedoya.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3):Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES
*Jozy Altidore captained the U.S. in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. He had previously earned that honor once before, during the USA's dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
*World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando each have impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 18 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the Senior National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-1 record. Bill Hamid has backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in the league.
*Greg Garza made his senior MNT debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U-14 Boys' National Team.
*Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra becomes the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the Senior National Team. The 24-year-old was voted the NASL Player of the Month for September.