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Twitter explodes after Landon Donovan breaks all-time MLS scoring record

May 25, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT


Landon Donovan became the highest scorer in MLS history on Sunday, as the face of soccer in the USA bagging his 135th goal in Major League Soccer.

No player in MLS history has scored more goals than Donovan, who then added another just for good measure to tick his total onto 136.

In a week where he was snubbed by Jurgen Klinsmann and left off the U.S. national team roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Donovan showed the USMNT head coach exactly what he was missing by scoring twice in the second half of the LA Galaxy’s big win over the Philadelphia Union.

MORE: Donovan breaks MLS scoring record, ends rollercoaster week on a high

Whether or not Klinsmann lives to regret his ousting of the most famous player in U.S. soccer history remains to be seen, however Donovan made it clear that he has moved on and is back to doing what he does better than any forward in MLS history: scoring goals.

Twitter virtually exploded on Sunday evening as Donovan broke the record he had shared with Jeff Cunningham since last October. After eight games of the MLS season, LA’s main man has finally etched his name into the record books.

Here is how the folks on Twitter reacted.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber took to Twitter to congratulate Donovan. 

Chicago Fire and USMNT forward Mike Magee pokes a bit of fun (quite a lot) at Jurgen Klinsmann’s son after his tasteless Tweet following Donovan’s shock omission from the national team. 

The LA Lakers sent out the following congratulations to Donovan. 

NBC’s soccer analyst Kyle Martino on Donovan’s achievement.

Donovan’s LA and USMNT teammate, Robbie Rogers. 

  1. blugold94 - May 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Looks like Landon’s “form” isn’t as poor as we were made to believe.

    • steves4 - May 26, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      If only he’d done this in the 6-8 months leading up to camp…instead of after he’d been cut.

      • blugold94 - May 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        True Mr. Klinsmann….and Jr. Klinsmann. You do know that goal scorers sometimes have 7 games where they don’t score right? One could also look at performance in the last International competition competed in…..but however you want to go about it.

        A certain striker scored two goals in nearly 50 games over those same 6-8 months for his EPL club and will be on the pitch for the W.C. Apparently the same decision-making process concerning “form” didn’t apply there.

      • kadnamz - May 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        bluegold94…are you serious? Comparing EPL to MLS? You’ve got to be kidding.

  2. el timo - May 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Congrats, LD. And thanks for so many years of making us proud of US soccer. But be honest: The way you played this spring, this was always going to be the year you set the MLS scoring record while the USMNT moved on.

  3. braxtonrob - May 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    LMAO @ Mike Magee, LoL

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