The United States may play Ecuador in front of a packed house on October 10 when they play Ecuador in Landon Donovan's farewell match. Over 26,000 tickets have been sold so far, giving them a chance to fill all 38,000 seats of Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.
There was tepid interest in the match before it was announced that Donovan would be called in for the match. The United States' all-time leading goalscorer had decided to retire from the sport in December and, after being left off of the Americans' World Cup roster, it looked like he had played his final match for the U.S. But then they decided to give him a send-off match, allowing him to say goodbye to the fans and the fans to say goodbye to him. Naturally interest and ticket sales sky rocketed.
The match will be the Americans' first home match since the World Cup, where they were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. With the Gold Cup set for next July, the U.S. has already turned its attention to their next tournament and are taking the friendly very seriously. It is a FIFA date and Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he intends to call in all of the players available to him, from both Europe and North America despite the Europeans having to fly across the Atlantic and the MLS players being in-season.
After the U.S. plays Ecuador, they will head to Boca Raton, FL for a friendly against Honduras on October 14. Ticket sales for that match have not yet been announced.