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By RYAN TOLMICH
For months, the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly with Ecuador has been circled as a farewell to the retiring Landon Donovan. With the matchup just days away, U.S. Soccer has officially confirmed the players that will join Donovan for the star’s final international game.
U.S. Soccer announced the team’s full roster Monday, headlined by the inclusion of Donovan. The LA Galaxy forward will be joined five other MLS stars including teammate Omar Gonzalez, Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid, and RSL’s Nick Rimando and Luis Gil.
In addition to the MLS-based call-ups, the long-rumored inclusion of Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra was confirmed by the roster, as the NASL star becomes the first player to join the national team from a non-MLS domestic league since 2005.
Finally, the roster features plenty of European stars due to the ongoing MLS playoff race, including Jozy Altidore, John Brooks and Julian Green.
A number of changes are expected to be made to the squad for the second friendly of this camp against Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida, on Oct. 14.
Here is a closer look at the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for their upcoming friendly against Ecuador:
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
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