MLS reacts on Twitter to Landon Donovan's hat-trick

The MLS community took to Twitter on Sunday night to react to Landon Donovan's hat-trick in the LA Galaxy's 5-0 thrashing of Real Salt Lake.

Twitter was awash with praise for LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan on Sunday night, as the soon-to-retire MLS legend netted a hat-trick to help his side thrash Real Salt Lake 5-0 in their Western Conference semi-final decider.

After a 0-0 stalemate in the first-leg, a defeat or score draw at the StubHub Center would have ended LA’s quest for a third MLS Cup title in four seasons and brought the curtain down on Donovan’s spectacular career.

The league’s all-time leader in both goals and assists ensured there was no danger of that, however, scoring three times and setting up a Robbie Keane strike to send Bruce Arena’s team through to the Championship series in emphatic fashion.

Having announced in August that he will hang up his boots at the end of the 2014 campaign, Donovan has been in remarkable form during his farewell tour, recording seven goals and 15 assists over the second-half of the regular-season to help ease the pain of his controversial World Cup omission.

Aged 32, the former Everton loanee is now bidding to claim a record-breaking sixth MLS Cup title to go out on but, judging from the reaction, a fair number of people seem to think he still has several good seasons left in his ageing legs.

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