Aug 13, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT
You didn’t really think Landon Donovan, now a learned man of 30, had gone into a period of decline, did you?
All this talk of the Galaxy man’s waning interest may have led some to wander down that path. But did you see his peachy work in Sunday’s big 4-0 win over former rival Chivas USA?
(OK, I know they are still rivals. But just barely. I mean, c’mon! How long can we keep saying that? This thing has got to get more balanced, or I’ll make a ProSoccerTalk decree that we can no longer call it a SuperClasico – I’ve already got readers on my back for that one.)
Back to Donovan and his four-assist night. His ability to run at defenders and desire to burst with all that pace into open spaces drove the Galaxy, along with Marcelo Sarvas’ game-changing work in midfield. Donovan’s foursome of assists puts him in the league lead this year with 11.
As for the rest of the highlights, I’ll let U.S. international Sacha Kljestan say it (via Twitter): “Just watched the highlights so I am not sure but Chivas lost 4-0 and it still looked like Dan Kennedy was their best player. GK of the Year.”
Yup. Kennedy did what Kennedy does, keeping his team in the game longer than the Goats probably should have been.
(Question on the side: Can I make Kennedy our goalkeeper on MLS Team of the Week when he let four get past him? It’s a toughie.)
While you ponder, watch the highlights, 9-plus minutes of Galaxy greatness and Chivas woe:
- Where Landon Donovan’s afternoon takes us in the ongoing U.S. national team debate 2
- Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney would be league’s youngest Golden Boot winner 0
- Talking points on Portland’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver 0
- PSG president confirms Saturday was likely David Beckham’s farewell match 3
- As Alex Ferguson says goodbye, Manchester United’s cupboard remains stocked 1
- Live Extra: Watch live coverage of Penguins-Senators
- PBT: Parker carves up Grizzlies as Spurs roll in Gm. 1
- PHT: Bruins crack Lundqvist, hammer Rangers
- MST: No bumping on Bump Day at Indy 500
- PST: Arsenal grabs Champions League spot
- Ferguson's managerial career ends with 5-5 draw
- Moore stays unbeaten as Rays top Orioles
- Play Video: Highlights: Union outlast Fire
- Play Video: Sir Alex says goodbye
- Play Video: Morgan committed to growth of new women's league
- Play Video: Boy with cancer, 8, scores against major league soccer team
- Play Video: Red Bulls pull off win on the road
- Play Video: Highlights: Montreal extinguish Chicago