Landon Donovan, whose long career with the United States national soccer team appeared to end when he was cut from the World Cup roster in May, is expected to make one final appearance for his country in a friendly match against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that Donovan would be called in for the game by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who decided to include Donovan, 32, for one final match as a way to allow fans to recognize his contributions to the team over his long career. Donovan, a forward for the Los Angeles Galaxy, announced earlier this month that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. U.S. Soccer officials emphasized that the game would not be a testimonial match for Donovan. In fact, it is likely that he will make only a brief appearance, similar to his cameo in this summer’s M.L.S. All-Star Game. The decision to call him in could be seen more as an olive branch from Klinsmann, who was criticized by many — notably Donovan himself — for his decision to cut Donovan from the World Cup team on the eve of the tournament. The move came as a surprise even to the team’s top players and incurred the wrath of fans who consider Donovan the best player the United States has produced.
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New York Times | Aug 27