Thousands Watch World Soccer Star Retire in Connecticut

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If the cheers weren't enough of a giveaway, the outfits were.

On Friday night tens of thousands of red-, white- and blue-clad soccer fans packed Rentschler Field to see the U.S. Men's National Team in action.

"I've been following the World Cup and a lot of games and usually you have to watch them from a bar, so it's exciting to watch it live," said Anna Bisiak, a soccer fan from Rhode Island.

"We're definitely going to be loud.  We're going to represent. It's going to be awesome," said Dominic Larubina of Mystic, Connecticut.

Friday's match against Ecuador was not an ordinary one. Many traveled from other states to say goodbye to soccer star Landon Donovan, who officialy retired from Team U.S.A. after the game.

"Being able to tell people that you saw Landon Donovan, one of the best players ever, if not the best player to ever to play for the United States, seeing his last half hour in uniform, that's something I'll be able to tell the kids about," said Stephen Scanlon, who took a half-day off from work to drive to East Hartford from Burlington, Vermont.

Donovan got the first touch of the ball and helped nab the game's first goal.

"Landon Donovan is a great American legend. He's helped us a lot of World Cups, representing the country well and this is a great send off for him," said Michael Cohen, who traveled from New York City.

Donovan hit the field for only about 40 minutes. Those who traveled hours to see him play said the trip was worth it.

"He's just been the leader of this team for so long and U.S. soccer has come so far," Ryan McDermott of Vermont.  "For him to come out tonight and kind of retire, his last performance is really incredible to see. "

U.S.A. tied Ecuador 1-1.

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