Klinsmann names Donovan USMNT captain for Ecuador friendly

Klinsmann names Donovan USMNT captain for Ecuador friendly

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Klinsmann names Donovan USMNT captain for Ecuador friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan’s final U.S. Men’s National Team match was always shaping up to be quite special for him, but now it is even more so.

U.S. Soccer announced via Twitter on Tuesday that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Donovan the U.S. captain for Friday’s friendly against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The decision should now put to rest the notion that Klinsmann would not start the 32-year-old Donovan in his final U.S. appearance before retiring at the end of the MLS season.

This will not be the first time Donovan serves as captain. He has worn the armband throughout various stages of his legendary international career, though not at all recently under Klinsmann.

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What do you think of Donovan being appointed USMNT captain against Ecuador? Is part of you surprised? Picturing Sunil Gulati bending Klinsmann’s arm to convince him to make this move?

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