Friday marked the last time that Landon Donovan will wear the USMNT jersey, and he did not disappoint as he waved farewell to the US Soccer supporters in Connecticut.
Donovan only played the first 41 minutes but he was involved throughout his short spell on the pitch. He has always been a huge attacking threat and last night was no different.
And after 158 caps and 57 goals, few can say he didn’t deserve this great send off, after what has been a glittering career for club and country that could see him win the MLS Cup with LA Galaxy for the fourth time next month.
“It was beyond my wildest dreams for sure,” Donovan said. “As a human being, to feel that kind of love and support is incredible. I’ve put a lot into this game over many years and tonight feels like it was all worth it. I’m very grateful.”Embed from Getty Images
However, the USMNT will need to now look forward, and with an array of young talent on show last night they looked expansive and aggressive.
A special mention goes out to DeAndre Yedlin, whose pace is always a great asset to any attack, and he looked dangerous on the right side of midfield. Jozy Altidore was also good, and he looked like a man keen to impress having been frozen out by Sunderland in the English Premier League in recent times.
It was very much a weakened USMNT side, missing world cup stars such as Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard to name just a few. We think this only shows the depth Jurgen Klinsmann has in the squad.
A draw doesn’t feel like a fair result, as Enner Valencia’s late strike ensured that Donovan wouldn’t have a win to celebrate in his final game, but having said that, the USA never really looked clinical and are missing a true goal scorer.
We are now in the next World Cup cycle and replacing Donovan must be the priority, despite the fact that he missed the last tournament. He has been a great servant to the American game, and has had a great club career to match his international achievements.
His focus will now be on LA Galaxy’s game against FC Dallas on Sunday night, as they have the chance to go in pole position for the Supporters Shield after Seattle dropped three points against Vancouver.