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Checking on Landon Donovan’s career number with the United States national team

Jul 27, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

U.S. forward Donovan celebrates his second goal of the game against Guatemala with teammates Wondolowski and Holden during their friendly soccer match in San Diego

We recently declared this the Summer of Landon Donovan. Since then, the sun has shined even more brightly across this great Landon of ours, as the man was named to replace Robbie Keane in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game in Kansas City.

On Sunday, the United States Donovans will take on Panama for the Gold Cup crown in Chicago.

Donovan has owned this tournament, carrying the United States offense like perhaps no individual ever has. Remember what we told you two three nights back, that Donovan has contributed directly to all nine U.S. goals over the last three matches, a truly remarkable achievement.

Donovan has five goals and seven assists in the tournament. His 18 career goals represent the all-time Gold Cup record. (He has also appeared in a record six Gold Cups.)

So it’s a swell time to walk back a little and re-check the man’s numerical largesse. Remember how we told you recently that he has run away from the field in his all-time leadership for goals and assist in the U.S. national team shirt? Well, he keeps putting more distance on everyone.

Again, Clint Dempsey is the one individual who might, just might, possibly still be in position to match Donovan’s individual, all-time scoring. Then again, the Spurs man is just a year younger than his U.S. teammate … so that’s not going to happen.

Here are the numbers. Prepare to be impressed once again:


  1. joeyt360 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Jozy Altidore might mount a run when this becomes ‘his team’ starting in the 2018 cycle. He has the advantage that he’s a #9, where Donovan never really was. But he’s behind as of now. According to wiki, he has 17. Donovan had 25 before turning 24 (Jozy turns 24 in November).

    If Jozy doesn’t do it, I feel like someone who is a true #9, who comes in pretty young, and who can look forward to a stronger team that gets more blowouts, eventually will.

    That assist total, though, man, we could be waiting for someone to break that for the next 25, even the next 50 years for someone to beat that. He could finish with triple the next best guy.

    Donovan also has a very good shot at holding the all-time MLS scoring title, and an outside shot at getting the all-time MLS assist title.

  2. hildezero - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I agree that Jozy might give LD a run for his money in goals. I also think Bradley might give his own run in assists against LD.

    • rockford180 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Bradley may never even catch Eric Wynalda in assists. According to ESPN stats, Bradley has a total of only 13 assists in entire career — club and country! He has 5 career assists for the USMNT, which is less than Donovan has in the Gold Cup this year.

  3. imagreatguy76 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    And don’t look now…but Donovan has a very realistic shot at breaking the USMNT caps record as well.

  4. Dan Haug - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    One thing to keep in mind here: There are only 20 men in the history of international soccer that have scored more goals than Donovan. There are only 10 men in the history of international soccer who have more caps than Donovan.

    It will be interesting to see how Klinsmann uses Donovan in the remainder of this cycle. Donovan has pretty much played midfield for the majority of his international career. Arena played him as a CAM, and Bradley pushed him out to the wing. This Gold Cup is the first time since the 2002 World Cup that he has gotten an extended run at forward. If he continues to start and to play forward through the 2014 WC, he could really stretch those records.

  5. hildezero - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    Okay, but do you realize that Bradley is young?

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