Landon Donovan might be hanging up his boots at the end of the 2014 season, but the MLS legend is adding a few more league records to his palmarès in the meantime.
The long-serving LA Galaxy forward grabbed his 136th career regular-season assist in Saturday’s convincing 3-0 home win over Toronto FC to pass former New England midfielder Steve Ralston and take sole lead on the league’s all-time list.
Donovan, 32, had tied the record with three assists in last weekend’s 4-0 thumping of the New York Red Bulls and was humbled after the match at achieving the milestone which few expected him to reach just two months ago.
‘To be honest, it wasn’t on my radar until the last month or so,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘It wasn’t overly realistic in my mind, but when the team plays like this it was just natural, and it seems like every time we get a chance, guys are either close to scoring or they’re scoring, so for me it’s been easy.
‘My job is just to put the ball in a good spot. And with players like we have, it makes it easy.’
The landmark comes just a few months after Donovan became the league’s all-time leading-scorer with his 135th regular-season goal, with the US national team legend since going on push his mark to 144.
Having announced his impending retirement last month, the ex-Everton loanee has been in remarkable form during his farewell tour, recording seven goals and 15 assists in the past 14 games to put LA joint-top of the Western Conference with three matches left before the post-season.
Now with 10 goals and 19 assists on the campaign, Donovan’s main goal from here on will be adding a sixth MLS Cup to his collection come December, capping what’s been a phenomenal 14 seasons at the top of the US domestic game.