U.S. Soccer Made the Perfect Landon Donovan Tribute Video
Landon Donovan, the greatest soccer player in the history of the United States Men’s National Team, plays his final match for the red, white and blue in a friendly against Ecuador on Friday. Donovan is set to retire at the end of the current Major League Soccer season.
The tribute video, above, which U.S. Soccer released Wednesday, pays perfect homage to the man whose name is the first thing many people associate with American soccer. Featuring classic highlights, old-school interviews and Donovan’s more current reflections, it hits all the right notes.
Donovan is the leading scorer in USMNT history with 57 goals, and his name dots the U.S. Soccer record book. But the 32-year-old’s USMNT career appeared to end in unpleasant fashion in May when coach Jurgen Klinsmann unexpectedly left him off Team USA’s World Cup roster. Klinsmann’s son then blasted Donovan on Twitter, and the whole thing seemed to be a much cheaper ending than a true star and class act deserved. Donovan announced his retirement in August.
Klinsmann will coach Team USA in Friday’s send-off match in East Hartford, Connecticut, which could lead to some awkward moments. But the night will be about Donovan first and foremost — and if the video, above, is any indication, U.S. Soccer plans to honor him in style.
Meanwhile, if you can’t get enough Donovan before he leaves us forever, here are all 57 of his USMNT goals:
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