A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away known as the MLS 1.0 era, the San Jose Earthquakes were actually good. American soccer prodigy Landon Donovan was a big part of their success, leading the Quakes to MLS titles in 2001 and 2003.
Then for perfectly understandable reasons for anyone who’s lived in San Jose, Donovan requested a move to Los Angeles after Landon was unable to break through at parent club Bayer Leverkusen. As Galaxy fans know, the rest is history.
Quakes supporters have grown infamously bitter ever since, booing Donovan on return trips to San Jose and labeling the mercurial attacker a traitor on top of every name in the book.
Which of course made it all the more sweeter when the 36-year old managed to get on the board vs. San Jose in a friendly. The LA Galaxy legend pounced on a loose ball outside the box, swinging his body to powerfully punch a low half-volley past keeper Andrew Tarbell for the game-winning strike, in front of the shirtless bravados known as the San Jose Ultras no less.
Even when he’s not wearing the Galaxy uniform, Landon finds a way to dunk on the Quakes.