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Landon Donovan breaks MLS all-time goal scoring record

Ed Ran
Modified 26 May 2014, 10:55 IST
Landon Donovan became the MLS’ all time leading goal scorer

Landon Donovan created history when the LA Galaxy forward scored twice in the second half against Philadelphia Union in a 4-1 victory.

When he scored his first goal in the 49th minute, he became the MLS’ all time leading goal scorer with 135 goals to his name, moving past Jeff Cunningham with whom he was tied for the record for eight long months.

It had been a rough week for Donovan, especially after USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped him from the World Cup squad. The man who had represnted the USA Men’s National Team in three World Cups will not play his fourth in Brazil. 

“It’s been a long week,” Donovan said. “It’s been a week where I had moments where I fell out of love with [soccer] a little bit and I want to make sure I keep enjoying it.”

But after he broke the record and scored a second goal in the 81st minute, he was over the moon.

“All day today my mind was wandering and thinking where else I could be today, but I kept coming back to being present and enjoy this game,”

MLS All-time Leading Goal Scorers
1 Landon Donovan 311 136
2 Jeff Cunningham 365 134
3 Jaime Moreno 340 133
4 Ante Razov 262 114
5 Jason Kreis 305 108
6 Dwayne De Rosario 330 103
7 Taylor Twellman 174 101
8 Edson Buddle 283 99
9 Carlos Ruiz 182 88
  Roy Lassiter 179 88

Stats from MLS Soccer

Here is Donovan’s first goal for LA Galaxy that made history. 

Published 26 May 2014, 10:51 IST
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