After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?
ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0
New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.
Landon Donovan ended his career with the United States national team by playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Friday night. Here's a look at the end of a legendary career and the notes you need to know from the draw:
• This was Landon Donovan's 157th cap with the national team, second only to Cobi Jones (162) in United States men's team history. It was also his 142nd start with the national team, most all time and 18 ahead of Jeff Agoos who is second all time with 124. His 41 minutes...
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Just over 35 minutes had elapsed in Friday's friendly between the U.S. and Ecuador, when the chant from the American Outlaws could be heard echoing around Rentschler Field.
"Thank you, Landon! Thank you, Landon!"
It summed up the moment, as well as Donovan's 14-year international career, perfectly. This was a night to give thanks -- and recall all the signature moments Donovan has delivered.
Five minutes later, the U.S. team's all-time leader in goals and assists saw...