The U.S.-Ecuador men's soccer game at Rentschler Field on Oct. 10 just got more interesting.
Landon Donovan, who announced earlier this month that he will retire after the Major League Soccer season, will make his final appearance for the United States when the U.S. National Team plays in East Hartford (7 p.m., ESPN). The game will be the first on U.S. soil for the National Team since the World Cup.
"For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said on the U.S. Soccer website. "We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he's provided over the years."
Donovan owns several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).
"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time," Donovan said in a statement. "I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me, and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."
Tickets can be obtained at ussoccer.com, by calling 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m.-10 p.m.) and at the XL Center ticket office (Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.
Donovan first appeared for the National Team Oct. 25, 2000 vs. Mexico, scoring a goal in a 2-0 win.