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Landon Donovan ends his Team USA career

Landon Donovan of the United States reacts during

Landon Donovan of the United States reacts during a ceremony in his honor before an international friendly with Ecuador at Rentschler Field on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The curtain went down on the Team USA career of Landon Donovan Friday night.

Donovan, America's most accomplished men's player, did not score in his international finale -- a 1-1 exhibition draw with Ecuador at Rentschler Field, but he did get a unique curtain call after the game.

Donovan was interviewed by ESPN announcer Bob Ley in the center circle before a good portion of the 36,265 spectators who stayed behind, along with his teammates and coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

The crowd chanted "Landon Donovan! Landon Donovan!" as he took a final lap around the stadium, applauding back to the fans.

Donovan almost scored in the 25th minute when his 15-yard shot hit the right post. The 32-year-old forward was replaced by Joe Corona in the 41st minute as every teammate hugged him before he left the field.

Donovan couldn't add to his American records of 57 international goals and 58 assists, but provided thrills.

"It's an interesting day for me," he said during a noon news conference at ESPN headquarters in Bristol. "It's certainly emotional. It's going to be fun. I'm going to enjoy it. I am very appreciative of this opportunity. Three, four months ago if someone asked if this day would happen, I would have said, 'You're out of your mind, you're crazy.' "

Donovan was referring to the World Cup snub by Klinsmann, who did not select him for a fourth Cup appearance in Brazil.

"I believe this is a day I deserve," he said. "I believe this is a day my family deserves for all the sacrifices they made."

Donovan, who wears No. 10, couldn't help but notice the day of the match.

"In many ways, it's meant to be," he said. "I don't think it's no coincidence it's 10/10 today. The way it came together was beautiful."

Donovan still has three regular-season matches and an undetermined amount of playoff games for the L.A. Galaxy.

After that, he doesn't exactly know what he is going to do.

"It might not get as much publicity in the next phase of my life, but I very much want to be helpful in the world," Donovan said. "I want to be of service. I want to, without sounding cheesy, I want to make the world a better place. I don't know exactly what form that will take, but that's my goal."


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