Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan becomes the highest goalscorer in MLS history.
Landon Donovan is a legend in his own rights and despite being snubbed for the 2014 World Cup finals, he is still going strong.
Having been part of the USA’s set-up since 2000, he is his country's all-time leading scorer with 57 goals and 58 assists in 156 matches. The 32-year-old is arguably the greatest footballer the US has ever produced and his omission from the World Cup squad by Jurgen Klinsmann sparked outrage among the fans.
Of course, Klinsmann has his reasons for leaving out Donovan, but the forward has hit out at the German, claiming that he “deserved” to be on the 23-man roster. To prove his point, the former Everton attacker created yet more history on Sunday, just days after his snub.
Donovan became the highest goalscorer in MLS history when he found the target for Los Angeles Galaxy against Philadelphia Union at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on 49 minutes. It was the veteran’s 135th goal in Major League Soccer.
Then with nine minutes of normal time remaining, Donovan added a second to take his tally 136 and wrap up a 4-1 victory for Galaxy. He was substituted after a minute, but he was not complaining as the crowds gave him a standing ovation amid chants of ‘USA! USA!’.
The former Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Everton forward looked to be fired up after his World Cup snub and created his side’s opening goal after just two minutes when he set up Leonardo to head home.
Then four minutes into the second half he tapped in Robbie Keane’s pass and was also thankful to the former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker for setting him up for his second. By then, Keane had notched up his goal of the encounter.
After the match, Donovan revelled in his achievement and told reporters: ‘It's been a long week. It's hard not to make it about me, and I don't necessarily want it to be that way. But, you know, I've sacrificed a lot to be in the position I'm in, and I was very happy for myself, because I've dedicated a lot to this, and I think I deserve what happened today’.
By snubbing three-time World Cup veteran Donovan, Klinsmann made a statement. By creating history on Sunday, the 32-year-old forward did so too.