Landon Donovan scored his 135th and 136th goals in LA Galaxy’s 4-1 win against Philadelphia Union tonight to become the all-time leading goalscorer in MLS history, to cap off what he described as “an emotional three days”.
The American was left off the USMNT’s World Cup squad by coach Jurgen Klinsmann last week, but ensured that he channeled all his disappointment into a strong performance for the Galaxy on Sunday night.
Donovan has been waiting eight months to score that elusive 135th goal, and it came in the 50th minute of last night’s game, after Robbie Keane found him with an open goal to fire into, capping off a tumultuous week in the best way possible.
“It’s been an emotional three days. A lot of down and a lot of up honestly. 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.”
“It’s been a while so there are a lot of emotions. Just getting on the scoreboard again was nice. Hitting the net was nice. Getting the 135 on the back of what happened this week. It was a good feeling,” Donovan said speaking to Time Warner Cable Sportsnet after the game.
The emotion was clear for all to see after Donovan netted the goal, as he celebrated with teammates to an enduring standing ovation by supporters throughout the StubHub Center.
Donovan’s record-breaking goal in last night’s with via MLS on YouTube:
He then added a second later in the game to move to 136 goals in his illustrious MLS career, and his spectacular performance will only add fuel to the debate that he should be in the USMNT World Cup squad.
All 136 of Landon Donovan’s career goals in Major League Soccer can be viewed via this link.