Leading American forward Landon Donovan has reportedly retired from the USA national football team with the Ecuador match. The game witnessed his last international match.
The striker played on for forty minutes during the USA V Ecuador friendly at East Hartford & his decision to retire was received with a massive standing ovation from the gallery.
The erstwhile Everton hero was substituted by Corona (Joe) in 41st minute of the match. It was Disterud who brought the lead for USA national football team in 55th minute but the West Ham star Valencia (Enner) snatched a good draw for the opponent squad right in the 88th-minute strike.
Post the substitution, Donovan said- “We have all dedicated tremendous hard work & we do deserve a great night such as this. So what comes next? Well, I would love to see & enjoy the whole world, I would love to hang around with family & relish matches such as this.
“I am kind of forcing myself for a getaway & relaxation but one would possibly find more of me soon. I do believe that the things will work out as they are meant to be. I did commit several mistakes yet I made all of them with positive intentions & I feel they have served me really well.”
Donovan retired as the record goal scorer of USA with his bunch of amazing 57 strikes & he had been a part of each of the USA game of 2002, 2006 & 2010 FIFA World campaigns.
However, it is said that was controversially looked through by Jurgen Klinsmann, the US national football team manager, while preparing the squad for this year’s Brazil World Cup. In fact, the very decision to exclude Donovan took the US football world by great shock.