Landon Donovan will play his final match for the United States on Friday when the U.S. men's national team takes on Ecuador in Hartford, Conn. Donovan, playing in his first USMNT since he was controversially cut from the USA's 23-man World Cup squad, is considered by many to be the greatest American soccer player ever.
Donovan will wear the captain’s armband for the international friendly at Rentschler Field, which will constitute the LA Galaxy forward's 157th international cap. He is U.S. Soccer’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), FIFA World Cup matches (12) and World Cup goals (five). He is second all-time behind Cobi Jones in caps. Jones appeared in 164 games from 1992-2004.
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Match time: 7 p.m. (ET)
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This will be the 19th match for which Donovan has captained the U.S. men's national team. The U.S. is 11-3-4 in his previous appearances as captain.
Forward Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes was added to the roster Tuesday.
The USMNT defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 on Sept. 3 in Prague in the team's last appearance. Alejandro Bedoya scored the winning goal in the 39th minute.
Brad Guzan started in goal for the U.S. against the Czech Republic, splitting time with Nick Rimando.
The U.S. is 6-3-2 in 2014 in all competitions.
The United States is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador. The two teams' last meeting was Oct. 11, 2011, a 1-0 win for Ecuador at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. The last win the for U.S. was a 3-1 victory on March 25, 2007, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
The United States has two more international matches scheduled in 2014: Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., against Honduras and Nov. 18 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin against Ireland.
Ecuador has not played since it was eliminated in the group stage at the FIFA World Cup in June.
Ecuador was 1-1-1 in group play, beating Honduras 2-1, playing to a 0-0 draw with France and losing to Switzerland 2-1.
The team's record in 2014 is 2-2-3, with its other victory coming on March 5 against Australia. The 4-3 win was played at The Den in South Bermondsey in London, home of Millwall FC, a second-division team in England.