Donovan plays final soccer game at Rentschler Field

Rentschler Field (WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Where there is food, drink, and a healthy feeling of competition in the air at the end of a long week you will surely find an American tradition some call “Friday Night Lights.” No where is the red, white, and blue more prominent than at Rentschler Field. But if you look closely there is no brown pigskins to seen as is normally associated with this day of athletics because the grid iron is being traded in for an equally green “pitch.”

The USA Men’s National Soccer team was here to play some of their Ecuadorian counterparts in a match that by World Cup standards is “just for fun,” but for those supporting the United States players the game was still full of meaning as it was Captain Landon Donovan’s last time with the program.

“I think its a good tribute to him,” said soccer fan, Alec Carlson from Ellington.

A bitter sweet moment hat gives all those who enjoy what is undoubtedly the worlds most popular sport a feeling of optimism that although a chapter has ended for soccer in this country the story of where its going is still far from over.

“I think US soccer is just growing and growing and growing,” said Carlson.

Team USA tied team Ecuador 1-1.

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