Landon Donovan has announced his retirement from Major League Soccer at the end of the season, and now we know he'll play in his final match for the United States on October 10th when the USMNT takes on Ecuador in a friendly to be played at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut.
"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."
It will be Donovan's 157th cap, the second most all time in US history (Cobi Jones had 164). He was a part of the US' Gold Cup winning squad in 2013, and participated in the final World Cup qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup scoring in the 2-0 US victory over Mexico in Columbus.
"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's first US appearance was in 2000, making on appearance and scoring in a 2-0 US victory over Mexico in Los Angeles. He was the sixth player since 1985 to score in his US debut. In 2002 he was named Honda US Player of the Year.