Landon Donovan scored twice to become the top goalscorer in MLS history as LA Galaxy recorded a convincing 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union. Here are the key talking points to take away from the game:
1. Landon Donovan rightly dominates the headlines.
It’s hard to think of a better way for the 32-year-old to celebrate becoming a record breaker. An outstanding performance saw him assist the first goal after just 2 minutes when he curled in a sumptuous free kick for Leonardo to head home. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for came in the second half. Robbie Keane squared the ball to him for what was probably one of the easiest goals he will ever score, as he tapped in to an empty net from 3 yards out. It’s a goal that will go down in history and what a moment as he netted his 135th MLS goal. The gloss on the day was completed when he slotted home the fourth goal of the game for LA Galaxy, and his second just 10 minutes from time. The best possible response from Donovan following his World Cup snub.
2. Philadelphia are their own worst enemy.
As well as LA Galaxy played, you cannot shy away from the fact that Philadelphia’s defending was simply not good enough. Sloppy play from Sheanon Williams was the cause of the third goal as his failed back pass dropped straight to the on rushing Robbie Keane, who burst through and slotted calmly under the goalkeeper’s legs. Moments later another terrible back pass – this time from Conor Casey – put Keane through again but luckily for the Union his shot sailed wide of the far post.
If you thought that it couldn’t have got any worse at that point, you would have been very wrong. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath launched a ball out to midfielder Brian Carroll, who was dispossessed midway inside his half far too easily. It led to a four-on-two situation on the break in favour of LA Galaxy, and they once again capitalised on a basic error in the shape of that man Landon Donovan, who made it 4-0.
3. Robbie Keane is performing well and can still pull off that trade mark celebration.
For those who aren’t aware, Robbie Keane has celebrated a large majority of his career goals by doing a cartwheel, a forward roll and then a bizarre pointing and waving of the hands out in front of his body, as if to say “who’s the man”. It’s good to see that he is still the same guy and very much still enjoying his football.
He scored his seventh goal of the season last night, and is the leading goalscorer for the Galaxy. The former-Spurs man also grabbed both assists for Donovan’s goals and the duo look set to continue their fantastic partnership now that Donovan will be staying with the Galaxy through the World Cup.
The win lifts LA Galaxy in to 6th position in the Western Conference, and their next game sees them take on Chicago Fire on Sunday as they aim to make it three wins in a row.
It was Philadelphia Union’s 7th defeat of the campaign and they sit in 9th – just one place off the bottom of the Eastern Conference. They will be hoping to bounce back when they face Chivas USA on Saturday.
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