LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan achieved another MLS milestone on Sunday evening, with three assists in the club’s 4-0 thumping of the New York Red Bulls bringing his career total to 135 – level with former New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston’s league record.
'I’m proud of it. To get an assist record you have to have a lot of people scoring goals so it’s not just putting the ball in the right place, its people finishing,' he told the club's official website.
'More often than not, when I’ve made the right decision, guys have gotten in good spots and scored. So that’s something that I’m proud of. I’ve always wanted to be that type of player. I didn’t want to be one dimensional; I wanted to have all sorts of different parts to my game and I hope that showed.'
Also getting on the scoresheet on the night, the landmark comes four months after Donovan became the league’s all-time leading-scorer with his 135th regular-season goal, and he has since gone on to add nine more to his collection over the course of the campaign.
Having announced that he is set to retire at the end of the 2014 season last month, the US national team legend has been in remarkable form during his farewell tour, recording seven goals and 14 assists in the past 13 games to put LA joint-top of the Western Conference with four matches left before the post-season.
After a slow start to the campaign contributed to his shock omission from Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad, the ex-Everton loanee now has 10 goals and 18 assists in 27 games this term and, with teammates Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes also putting in MVP-calibre outings, the Galaxy look like an excellent bet to claim a third MLS Cup in four seasons.
Having already won five such titles during his 14 seasons on the US domestic scene, the 32-year-old would no doubt like to add another to his collection before he rides off into the sunset but, regardless, his glittering list of achievements will prove near impossible to replicate for the next generation of talent coming through.