Retiring U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan isn’t done on the pitch just yet.
Donovan, the country’s all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (58), will play one final game for Team USA against Ecuador in October.
The game will take place in East Hartford, Conn.
“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.”
“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” added U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “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, 32, will otherwise retire from the sport at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. Earlier this month, Donovan wrote on his Facebook wall: “I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have played a role in the remarkable growth of MLS and US Soccer during my playing career. And while my career as a player will soon be over, rest assured I will stay connected on many levels to the beautiful game.”
His final appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team will be his 157th. Donovan was unceremoniously cut from Team USA shortly before they traveled to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.