Landon Donovan exits international stage in Ecuador clash

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Major League Soccer legend Landon Donovan made his 157th and final appearance for the United States national team against Ecuador in Connecticut on Friday.

The LA Galaxy man captained Jurgen Klinsmann’s Stars and Stripes for the opening 40 minutes, as they tied 1-1.

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However, despite grabbing ten goals and 19 assists in the MLS since his highly-publicised omission from Team USA’s World Cup squad, Donovan wasn’t able to add to his record international tallies.

His fifth-minute centre did lead to the opener, though, as Mix Diskerud curled beyond Maximo Banguera from DeAndre Yedlin’s lay-off.

Chances missed

Then came a trio of chances for the 32-year-old to bow out with a fairy-tale notch.
Donovan’s header was beaten away following a ricochet from Joe Gyau’s delivery, before he thumped against the post after a Jozy Altidore back-heel, and failed to scramble the rebound into the net.

Finally, the departing forward scuffed wide, having collected the ball from strike-partner Altidore.

Donovan fired a hat-trick in his last clash with La Tri, but – amid chants of “Thank you Landon” – he was replaced here by Joe Corona in a pre-planned switch ahead of the Galaxy’s game on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on an incredible career, and embracing each of his teammates upon leaving the field.

Valencia goal

Though there was little quality in the second period with the star man withdrawn, West Ham United's Enner Valencia spoiled the party late on with a dipping drive from distance to steal a draw for the visitors.

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