US Soccer announced today that the retiring Landon Donovan has been called up for one last time to represent the Yanks for the October 10 friendly against Ecuador.
Since being cut from the national team roster in May during the World Cup training camp, Donovan announced his retirement from the game after the MLS All-Star game, in which he scored the winning the goal. He is the all time goal scorer for both MLS and the United States. The 32 year old will have one final appearance in a US shirt in East Hartford, and fans will have a chance to give him a worthy sendoff.
Donovan will likely be brought on for a brief appearance in the game, which is sure to be an emotional moment for all involved. The forward/midfielder has scored 57 goals for his country while earning 156 caps. That equates to the most in US history. He also has 58 assists for the US, also good enough for the most all-time. There should be no question of Landon Donovan’s place among the best to ever put on a US shirt, or a MLS shirt for that matter. In my opinion, he’s the best to ever play for club/league and country.
Soccer in this country would not be anywhere it is today without the contributions of Landon Donovan. We all remember where we were in 2010 when he scored that goal to push the US into the next round of the World Cup, don’t we? It’s amazing that the blonde haired kid who sported that infamous number 21 shirt in 2002 would become the greatest American player to ever play, and for that Landon Donovan, I thank you, in fact all of America should stand up and thank you for all you have given us. You spoiled us, and in the very best way possible.