Landon Donovan is away from the LA Galaxy for at least a month for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. On Friday night in San Diego, Donovan became the first American to score 50 goals for the U.S. Men's National Team when he converted a penalty kick against Guatemala in a friendly. Donovan wasn't done after just one goal and had plenty of impact on the match which the U.S. won 6-0.
The goal from the spot in the 55th minute was Donovan's first against Guatemala in his international career. Donovan also set up Chris Wondolowski's first goal for the United States in the 71st minute. Donovan's pass took a deflection off a sliding Guatemalan defender before reaching Wondolowski so Donovan is still on a U.S.-leading 48 career assists. Right after the Wondo goal, Donovan picked up his brace with a volleyed goal on a cross from Stuart Holden in the 72nd minute.
Donovan is trying to work his way back into U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's good graces and Friday night was a great way to start. The very convincing victory was also historic for the team as the U.S. had previously never won in San Diego (0-5-2) or Qualcomm Stadium (0-3-1). Head over to Stars and Stripes FC for more coverage of the match.
The U.S. Men's National Team opens Gold Cup play in Group C against Belize on July 9.