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Landon Donovan creeps closer to all-time MLS goals record

Aug 24, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Donovan head shot

Bruce Arena’s two-time defending champs have found their feet and are making that big push down the stretch with authority.

Landon Donovan scored early Saturday as the Galaxy went into B.C. Place in Vancouver and left with a valuable 1-0 win.

In doing so, the Galaxy kept pressure on Real Salt Lake for the Western Conference leadership, in addition to reminding everyone that a Supporters Shield is within reach, too. Arena’s team also dented the Whitecaps’ playoff chances, as Martin Rennie’s men end the night out of post-season positioning. (Vancouver does, however, have a game in hand on FC Dallas, which currently occupies the fifth and final playoff spot in the West.)

Eight MLS rounds remain.

Donovan’s early, well-taken goal was off his left foot, seeming to catch Whitecaps’ goalkeeper David Ousted by surprise, or perhaps leaning the wrong direction. It’s also a great example of what the Galaxy has always done so well under Arena: punish midfield giveaways with a ruthless effectiveness on the counter.

Here are where the Donovan’s pursuit of the league’s all-time goals leadership stands. Los Angeles has nine matches remaining, although Donovan is likely to miss time due to upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

  • Jeff Cunningham, 134
  • Jaime Moreno, 133
  • Landon Donovan, 131
  • Ante Razov, 114
  • Jason Kreis, 108

And here are the full match highlights, including Donovan’s game-winner from Saturday:

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  1. hildezero - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    His absence for the WCQ won’t effect his chances of becoming the leader.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      I’m on the record as saying I think he’ll get it this year … but I would say those missing matches are relevant. Especially as Donovan has made noise about entertaining overseas offers. I don’t think it will happen, but we cannot totally discount it. Either way, those missed matches could impact his chances of getting the record THIS year.

  2. hildezero - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Well, I hope not.

  3. bellerophon30 - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Landon’s probably not going anywhere…….unless the change in management at LA is giving him pause, and we all know that MLS stupidly doesn’t allow unrestricted free agency, so he can’t move within the league without a lot of hassle. But all things being equal in terms of compensation, why would he go to Europe now? He’s not going to a big four league for a UCL team, unless it’s on a series of one year deals. Is he willing to go that route? I’m not saying that he ‘shouldn’t’, but if he sticks around for the remainder of his career, he can be seen as undoubtedly the greatest player that MLS has ever had (within the league). That’s something, and it might be enough.

  4. talgrath - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    What’s most impressive is Donovan has done this at a better rate than the two players above him, putting it in the net just shy of 1 for every 2 games.

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