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Donovan to captain US in national team finale

Landon Donovan will captain the United States on Friday in his national team finale

AP, Wednesday 8 Oct 2014
United States skipper Landon Donovan
United States veteran Landon Donovan (Photo: AP)
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Landon Donovan will captain the United States on Friday in his national team finale.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday the 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward will start and play about 30 minutes against Ecuador in the exhibition at East Hartford, Connecticut.

Donovan, who is retiring at the end of Major League Soccer's season, is the American leader with 57 goals and 58 assists. It will be the 157th international appearance for Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups who was controversially dropped by Klinsmann for this year's tournament in Brazil.

''Landon had an exceptional career, very, very special career,'' Klinsmann said. ''He should hopefully enjoy every second of it.''

Klinsmann added San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski to his roster, expanding it to 22 players. Wondolowski, a member of this year's U.S. World Cup team, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday night and will miss San Jose's Major League Soccer game at Portland on Wednesday.

''Julian Green is struggling still with his rib injury that he caught at the Bayern Munich game there two weeks ago,'' Klinsmann said. ''So I called Wondo, if he doesn't mind, and he's thrilled, obviously, as usual.''

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