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Oct 4, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) signs an autograph after the game against Toronto FC at StubHub Center. The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Toronto FC with a final score of 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

1. Landon Donovan’s Farewell

When the clock hits 30 minutes on Friday, Landon Donovan’s tenure with the USMNT comes to the end. There will probably be a break in the game and much fanfare from the the American Outlaws as well.

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  • On both the international and MLS level, Donovan’s legacy will be remembered for many reasons. From the 2010 World Cup, to the many qualifying matches, to the 2013 Gold Cup, and beyond. Lastly, his absence from the 2014 World Cup roster will also be remembered.

    All in all, Donovan has been a key factor to why soccer has grown in the United States. His passion for soccer united a country on many occasions. There are many memories of Donovan that will be remembered as his international career comes to an end.

    At the same time, his farewell comes at an inopportune time. Donovan will be taking the field with a majority of players he hasn’t played with internationally. There will be no Dempsey, Howard, and many more not on the field along side Donovan.

    Likewise, Donovan and Klinsmann seem to have not been on the same page since he took over. The testimonial seems to be Klinsmann being courteous and respectful, but I personally feel he’d rather not have Donovan’s farewell during an international friendly that is about preparing for the future and not remembering the past.

    Donovan will go down as arguably the best USMNT player and should rightfully be honored. On Friday, he will play his last 30 minutes as a USMNT player and his exit from the match should be very emotional from Donovan, Klinsmann, and the fans both in attendance and watching on television.