The LA Galaxy (4-3-3, 15 pts) defeated the Philadelphia Union (2-7-5, 11pts) 4-1 at the StubHub! Center, but the story of the day was Landon Donovan scoring a brace to shatter the MLS all-time regular-season goal scoring record. Both goals were assisted by Robbie Keane, and Donovan got the whole party started with an assist of his own that Leonardo headed into the back of the net.
Now at 136 goals all time, goal no. 135 was Donovan's first goal since October 6th of last year against Chivas USA. This was Donovan's 311th MLS appearance, 54 fewer than it took Jeff Cunningham to set the previous MLS record although Donovan has started significantly more matches and thus accomplished the feat in more minutes.
Emotions were high in the stadium from before kickoff, when the AC Brigade raised banners repeating Bruce Arena's quote that "if there are twenty-three players better than Landon, then we have a chance to win the World Cup". Donovan's assist came in the second minute, as he struck a beautiful free kick that only Leonardo could get to.
The Galaxy are now three points away from third place, getting all six possible points from a week where they spent one of their matches in hand. Next they travel to Chicago before returning home to take on Chivas USA, both matches taking place on Sunday.
If Donovan doesn't get called back into national team camp, those are the last two appearances before MLS takes time off for the World Cup. Marcelo Sarvas rehabbed tonight with LA Galaxy II, and he's already labeled the Chicago match as a possible return date. Chicago will also play a midweek match before hosting LA.