Landon Donovan came within inches of scoring in his USA finale on Friday vs. Ecuador.
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By The SI Staff
October 10, 2014

Landon Donovan was inches away from having the perfect U.S. men's national team farewell. 

Playing for the USA for the final time, Donovan hit the post with his best chance in a 41-minute cameo against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Jozy Altidore was the orchestrator of the play, sending Donovan through with a slick back-heel pass the gave the USA's all-time leading scorer a clear look from close range. With the crowd anticipating a 58th career goal, Donovan pushed his low attempt into the far post and couldn't reach the rebound in time to try again before falling to the ground with his hands on his head:

Donovan did have a hand in the USA's opening goal, though, chasing down a ball on the left flank and serving a looping ball to the far post, where Altidore took it down. Altidore then passed to a nearby DeAndre Yedlin – starting in a wide midfield role – and he fed Mix Diskerud for the fifth-minute tally:

In all, Donovan, who came off for Joe Corona, ends his international career with 157 caps, 57 goals and 58 assists. 

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