With two goals in L.A. Galaxy‘s 5-0 win over stadium rivals Chivas USA, Landon Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham‘s MLS goal scoring record of 144 goals. Additionally, the Galaxy won their first MLS game since Aug 31 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Galaxy showed they are clearly the better team and dominated for most of the game. While the scoreline was 5-0, it could have been easily 7-0 and Donovan could have broken the scoring record. However, that did not happen, and we will have to wait two weeks until Donovan returns to the Galaxy. Donovan and teammate Omar Gonzalez were called up to the USMNT roster Sunday.
In Sunday’s game, Donovan scored two goals and assisted on one other. His record tying goal was chipped over Chivas’ keeper.
For once, the Galaxy did not have to worry about poor set piece defending. Likewise, this win moves them into fourth in the western conference standings into a tie with the Colorado Rapids at 38 points. However, the Galaxy have a bye week next week so Colorado could leap frog them in the standings.
Nonetheless, it will be only a matter of time until Donovan passes Cunningham for the goal scoring record. Fans will have to patiently wait until Donovan’s next game in a Galaxy uniform, but they can root him on to score goals for USMNT against Jamaica and Panama in World Cup qualifying.
On a team level, the Galaxy got a big three points and put themselves in a playoff spot for at least a week.
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