Landon Donovan finally shattered the MLS all-time goals scored mark on Sunday in the LA Galaxy's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. All it took was a little motivation from U.S. Men's National Team coach Juergen Klinsmann who snubbed Donovan on the USA's roster for the 2014 World Cup.
Donovan and Robbie Keane were merciless against the Union and each finished with three points and recorded the top two Match Impact Rating performances of the season by a Galaxy player. Donovan scored twice on feeds from Keane and assisted on Leonardo's goal to start the match. Donovan only needed three shots to give himself a little separation on the all-time goal chart from Jeff Cunningham. Donovan finished the match with a MIR of 115.1, the first rating above 100 this season for the Galaxy. Keane finished with a MIR of 94.3 for his goal and two assists on nine shot attempts (three on target).
Leonardo recorded the other high MIR with a 55.5 for his headed goal off a set piece on his only attempt of the match. The full-match highlights are below:
Let's play Devil's Advocate for a minute for Klinsmann. Before last night, Donovan was not up to his usual form in MLS play, performing nearly 30 points under his average MLS MIR at a 15.9 with just two assists and no goals.
However, that was only based on seven matches of data. With Sunday's performance alone, Donovan's 2014 MLS MIR was raised to a 27.6 and would put him on pace for a season like his 2004 campaign with the San Jose Earthquakes when he finished with 6 goals, 10 assists and a MIR of 42.0. Donovan also scored five goals for the U.S. in 2004, including four World Cup qualifying tallies.