So Landon Donovan was left off the US Men's National Team World Cup roster. How does he respond? By setting a new Major League Soccer record for goals. You know, no big deal.
On Sunday, Donovan hit the pitch for the first time since the final USMNT squad was announced. And 48 minutes into the LA Galaxy's game against the Philadelphia Union, the 32-year-old forward scored his 135th MLS goal to become MLS' new all-time goals leader. At the 82nd minute, Donovan netted another score to give his record a little padding. (The Galaxy defeated the Union, 4-2.)
Here's video of the record-breaker in case you missed it:
Chances were great that Donovan was going to end this MLS season as the league's new all-time scorer. But after the emotional roller coaster of going from the hero of the 2010 USMNT to being off the roster entirely before the 2014 World Cup, earning this milestone had to feel especially good.
“To be honest when I scored, I wasn’t thinking of the record. It only occurred to me 10 seconds into the celebrating," Donovan said after the game. “It’s been a long week. It’s hard not to make it about me, and I don’t necessarily want it to be that way, but you know that I’ve sacrificed a lot to be in the position that I’m in. I was very happy for myself, I’ve dedicated a lot to this, and I thought I deserved what happened today."
To celebrate Donovan's achievement, MLSsoccer.com compiled a 10-minute video of all 136 Landon Donovan goals. It's definitely worth a watch:
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