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Landon Donovan Superstar
by Mike Woitalla, April 28th, 2008 6:45AM

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[NAMES & NUMBERS/VIDEO] Much of the preseason excitement revolved around MLS newcomers from abroad - and they've been making their mark - but the brightest star so far has been Landon Donovan, now in his eighth MLS season and better than ever. Also performing brilliantly was prodigal son Amado Guevara in Toronto. For the weekend's MLS developments. ...

LANDON DONOVAN. A week after scoring twice against Houston, Donovan notched a hat trick - and added an assist - to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 5-2 win over Chivas USA. Donovan now has a league-leading eight goals in five games. Against Chivas USA, Donovan scored his first with a 20-yard left-footed volley that bounced past keeper Brad Guzan. He gave the Galaxy a 2-1 lead when he shot on the slide with his right foot from 12 yards, and completed the hat trick with a low left-footed shot from 18 yards. VIDEO.

Donovan, who at 26 has already won three MLS titles -- two with San Jose and one with the Galaxy - scored 12 goals in his three most productive MLS seasons.

"I feel like I'm being more assertive and more aggressive," he said. "I think I'm reaping the benefits of that. In the past I got down on myself because I'm not aggressive and not taking shots. I know I have that ability. Lately in training I've been doing those things and it's transferring to the games and I'm going to keep doing it."

110. Chivas USA's Ante Razov scored his first goal of the season five minutes after entering the game against the Galaxy to up his career total to 10 past the century mark. VIDEO.

27,000. The crowd at the Home Depot Center for the Southern California derby between L.A. and Chivas USA -- an L.A. home game at the stadium the teams share - was one of three games this weekend to break the 20,000 mark. Toronto FC's 20,045 celebrated a win over Kansas City and 23,269 at RFK Stadium enjoyed D.C. United's rout over Real Salt Lake.

JAIME MORENO. The Bolivian veteran struck twice from the penalty spot to up his all-time league-leading scoring tally to 115 as D.C. United's 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake ended a two-game losing streak, which included a 4-0 loss to Salt Lake two weeks ago. Also on target for United was Santino Quaranta and Marcelo Gallardo, the Argentine DP who scored on a superb volley. It was Gallardo's second goal of the season. VIDEO.

100. Sigi Schmid celebrated his 100th MLS coaching win with the Columbus Crew's 1-0 win over defending champ Houston on a goal by Alejandro Moreno. It was Schmid's 21st win with the Crew - after 79 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which he guided to the 2002 MLS title. Schmid is the second coach to hit the century mark. U.S. coach Bob Bradley compiled 124 wins with Chicago, the MetroStars and Chivas USA. The win improved the Crew's record to 4-1-0 and kept Houston the only winless team in the league this season. VIDEO.

JOZY ALTIDORE. The 18-year-old Red Bulls striker scored his second goal of the season and the 14th regular-season goal of his career when he iced the New York Red Bulls 2-0 win over San Jose. Altidore also drew the foul for the penalty kick that Mike Magee converted. VIDEO.

3. Toronto FC beat Kansas City, 2-0, for its first three-game winning streak ever. In its inaugural season of 2007 it didn't notch its third win until June.

AMADO GUEVARA. The 31-year-old Honduran scored Toronto FC goals, becoming the club's first player to strike more than once in a game. Guevara, who scored from close range and from a brilliant free kick, joined Toronto two weeks ago. The 2004 MLS MVP with the MetroStars, had moved to Chivas USA in 2007 but left the club after a fallout with Coach Preki. Guevara played in his native Honduras before returning and sparking Toronto's attack. "It was world-class, wasn't it?" TFC Coach John Carver said of Guevara's free kick. VIDEO

JOHN THORRINGTON. The 28-year-old Southern Californian, who had spent his pro career in Europe before joining the Chicago Fire in 2005, had played only 12 MLS games coming into this season. He matched his scoring output of his first three seasons with two goals to give the Fire a 2-1 win over Colorado. Thorrington's first goal snapped Chicago's 215-minute scoring drought dating to April 12.

 



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