Landon Donovan named captain for final USMNT match
U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected Landon Donovan as the team's captain for its match against Ecuador on Friday, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. The match will be Donovan's final appearance for the national team.
Donovan, who has 156 caps for the national team, last captained the U.S. during a 2-0 victory over South Korea in a February friendly. Over his international career, Donovan has scored an American-record 57 goals, including five World Cup scores. His 58 assists are also the highest total by a U.S. player.
Klinsmann said Tuesday that Donovan, 32, will start the match and play 30 minutes.
In late August, U.S. Soccer announced that the men's national team's Oct. 10 friendly against Ecuador would be Donovan's final game in a U.S. shirt. Earlier in August, Donovan announced that he would retire from professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2014 MLS season.
Widely considered the best player in U.S. men's national team history, Donovan represented his country in three World Cups. Klinsmann controversially left Donovan off the USA's final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Friday's friendly against Ecuador, which will be played in Hartford, Conn., is the USA's second match since the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup. The U.S. defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 in Prague in September.
The U.S. is also scheduled to face Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Donovan's LA Galaxy are currently level with Seattle Sounders for the highest point total in Major League Soccer.
- Stanley Kay