After being snubbed from the USA’s World Cup roster, Landon Donovan’s international soccer career seemed to be over. Shortly after the World Cup, Donovan decided to call it a career at the end of this MLS season. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann won’t let the country’s all-time leader in assists and goals retire without playing at least one more match in red, white and blue, as he announced Tuesday that he will feature Donovan in October’s friendly against Ecuador; giving U.S. supporters and Donovan one last hoorah before he ends his illustrious American soccer career.
After being left off Klinsmann’s World Cup roster, it seemed as if there was more to it than just a question of Donovan’s fitness that left him of the selection. Klinsmann’s son Jonathan took to Twitter after hearing the news of Donovan’s omission as if he was quite pleased with his father’s choice. Donovan fired back throughout the United States’ preparation for the World Cup and the tournament itself that he had wished the team to do poorly and criticized Klinsmann’s tactics after the team’s loss to Belgium.
Whether or not there is bad blood between the two, Klinsmann took to social media to express his excitement for Donovan’s final game for the U.S. team. With already 57 goals and 58 assists, both of which are American records, Donovan has a chance to add to his legacy in his 157th game for his country.
What happens to Donovan after his retirement remains uncertain at this point. He provided commentary for ESPN during the World Cup, so a career in broadcasting could be in store for America’s most decorated soccer player. Donovan’s last game for the U.S. against Ecuador kicks off on October 10 at Hartford’s Rentschler Field.