LA Galaxy forward and US legend Landon Donovan is making his final appearance for the national team in Friday's send-off game against Ecuador, in an event which is sure to touch the heart of most supporters.
Having announced that he will retire from all forms of the game at the end of the 2014 MLS season, the three-time World Cup veteran will captain the side for the first 30 minutes, before bringing down the curtain on a career which has produced a record 57 goals and 58 assists in 156 appearances since his first cap in October 2000.
Aged 32, the farewell match will be Donovan’s first for the US since his controversial omission from Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad this summer, following a slow and and unconvincing start to the 2014 MLS season.
He has been in fine form since, however, setting both the all-time goal and assist league records, while helping Bruce Arena’s side to joint-top of the Supporters’ Shield standings with three games left before the post-season, as he bids to add a sixth and final MLS Cup to his collection to bow out with.
There is a fair amount of Premier League interest to the matchup at Rentschler Field, with Donovan joined in the US line-up by Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore and soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin, while West Ham United summer signing Enner Valencia features for the visitors.