Landon Donovan (pictured) brought his international career to an end in the USA's 1-1 draw with visiting Ecuador on October 10, 2014, in East Hartford. Connecticut. (Photo: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Enner Valencia spoiled Landon Donovan's international farewell, scoring in the 88th minute to lift Ecuador into a 1-1 draw with the United States in a friendly at Rentschler Field on Friday night.
The former Pachuca forward, off a Cristhian Noboa feed, equalized on a 28-yard shot that bounced once past goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the lower right corner.
Mix Diskerud had given the Americans a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Donovan began the sequence with a cross from the left, nearly connecting with Jozy Altidore at the right post. Altidore could not strike cleanly, but he recollected and dished to his left to DeAndre Yedlin, who spotted Diskerud near the top of the box. From 14 yards out, the Rosenborg midfielder snuck his right-footed shot inside the right post past Ecuador goalkeeper Maximo Banguera.
The match was the 157th and last international for Donovan. The 32-year-old finished his national team career as the USA's all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (58).
He came close to scoring in the 25th minute, drilling a 15-yard shot off the right post. The loose ball was there for the taking, but Banguera managed to get there a split-second before the LA Galaxy star.
In the 41st minute, midfielder Joe Corona replaced Donovan to thunderous applause from the crowd of 36,265.
The U.S. returns to action against visiting Honduras on Tuesday at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.