Snubbed Donovan becomes MLS all-time top scorer
Landon Donovan offered a stylish response to his World Cup snub on Sunday, becoming Major League Soccer`s all-time leading scorer in the LA Galaxy`s 4-1 win over Philadelphia.
The 32-year-old scored twice, seizing the MLS scoring record with his 135th career goal with his first strike of the night, four minutes into the second half.
Donovan launched the move with a pass to Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane in the box.
The Irishman squared across the face of goal for the onrushing Donovan, who was left with a tap-in for his first goal of the season.
It came days after US coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Donovan off his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The goal put the Galaxy up 2-0, and Donovan had contributed to the first goal as well, his crisp free kick headed home by Leonardo from six yards out in the second minute.
Keane stretched the Galaxy`s lead to 3-0 with a 64th-minute goal, and Donovan added one more after a botched pass by the Union allowed Keane to get the ball with plenty of room.
He found Donovan in the box and Donovan cut back and fired in his 136th MLS goal in the 81st minute, moving two ahead of Jeff Cunningham on the league`s all-time scoring list.
Philadelphia grabbed a late consolation goal when Maurice Edu -- also cut on Thursday when Klinsmann trimmed his World Cup squad from 30 to 23 -- converted a penalty.
Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups, is already the all-time USA scoring leader with 57 international goals.
He said on Saturday that he believed he "absolutely deserved" to be going to Brazil, challenging Klinsmann`s assessment that he was a step behind the other forwards in training camp.