How Landon Donovan Made MLS History on Sunday

Landon Donovan leads the Galaxy pasts the Union in a wild week for the American legend
by Jamie Pham   |   Monday, May 26, 2014

In his first game back with the LA Galaxy and after a world-shattering snub, Landon Donovan recorded an assist and scored 2 goals to become the all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer.

LA scored early when Leonardo got on the end of a free kick from Landon Donovan in the 2nd minute. With the early assist, Donovan is currently 2nd in all-time assist in MLS with 120. He is only behind Steve Ralston who has 135. 

The Galaxy started the 2nd half similar to the first as they attacked Philadelphia down the middle. Donovan took the ball down the field and the laid the ball off to the right to Robbie Keane who crossed it back to the streaking Donovan as he easily slid the ball into goal to make MLS history.

Immediately, he got down on his knees and let out a scream in relief of everything he has gone through this past week.

It didn’t end there though as he scored another goal in the 81st minute when Stefan Ishizaki stole the ball from the Union in their half which started a counter. Keane took the ball into the final 3rd and gave Donovan another perfect pass as he scored his second goal of the night.

Arena subbed him out 2 minutes later to a deafening crowd of about 21,000 at StubHub Center capping a roller coaster week for the 32 year old. The Galaxy won the game 4-1 leaving them with 15 points with 3 games in hand behind MLS leaders, Seattle Sounders (26 points).

Donovan had an 83% passing accuracy playing as a forward up top along Robbie Keane and had 3 shots in the game. Galaxy fans serenaded him throughout the evening and chanted “USA! USA! USA!” every time he took a corner kick.

"It's been an emotional three days. A lot of down and a lot of up honestly," Donovan told Time Warner Cable Sportsnet's Kelli Tennant after the game. "The love I've received from everybody here, including when I walked out for warm-ups with signs and people staying stuff, has been amazing. And I'm really happy it ended this way for this week."

Klinsmann did state that Donovan would be the next in line to get called back up if a player gets injured before the World Cup. After tonight, there is no question about his fitness as he stated in a presser on Thursday, "I think if I’m being judged solely on what happens in camp, then I absolutely deserved to be going to Brazil."

NEXT UP: June 1– Chicago Fire v LA Galaxy, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL, 4 P.M. EST, TWCSN

Jamie PHAM

Pasadena City College
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LA Galaxy
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Former tour manager turned sports blogger, Jamie spends loads of time reviewing the Los Angeles sports scene and is a big MLS and USMNT supporter.