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Goal droughts for Donovan and Johnson reach eight games
by Paul Kennedy, May 2nd, 2014 4:31PM
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[MLS: The USA 20]As MLS moves into its third month, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson, two players the USA is counting on make major contributions at the World Cup, are still seeking their first goals. Both have scoring droughts of eight games, dating back to the 2013 regular season, but they have contributed in other ways for their respective teams, the LA Galaxy and D.C. United, both with winning records.

MLS: Three games to watch

For Donovan, his next goal will break the all-time MLS scoring record he shares with Jeff Cunningham (134 goals). He has gone eight games without a goal, dating back to the final three games of the 2013 regular season. The Galaxy is coming off their third bye week of the 2014 season when travels to Colorado on Saturday.

Johnson is scoreless in seven games for D.C. United this season and also has an eight-game scoring drought going back to the final game of the 2013 regular season. He came off injured in the 4-1 win over FC Dallas last weekend, but he returned to training in mid-week after receiving treatment for his hamstring injury.

The USA 20, MLS Scoring:
G/A PLAYER, TEAM
8/3 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
3/0 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose
2/2 Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake
2/1 Maurice Edu, Philadelphia
1/3 Graham Zusi, Sporting KC
1/1 Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake
1/0 Michael Bradley, Toronto FC
0/3 Brad Davis, Houston
0/2 Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy
0/1 Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy
0/1 Eddie Johnson, D.C. United

Donovan and Johnson are arguably the rangiest U.S. forwards on a team with not a lot of speed. Donovan has been moved back up top for the Galaxy after starting out in midfield. He has played every minute in all five Galaxy MLS games, plus two Concacaf Champions League matches, after being forced out of the U.S. starting lineup against Mexico with an aching knee. He had assists on the second and third goals in the Galaxy's 3-0 win over Chivas USA for its first victory on April 6.

Johnson developed a reputation for being nothing but a goal scorer early in his career, but his ability to play wide and win headers is one of the things that has made him a Jurgen Klinsmann favorite. He hasn't scored since receiving a Designated Player contract at D.C. United, but he showed his worth with an exquisite cross to set up Fabian Espindola for the tying goal in the 4-1 win over FC Dallas last week.



The USA 20, Weekend Schedule:
SATURDAY:
M Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake, at Chicago
D Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake, at Chicago
M Michael Bradley, Toronto FC, vs. New England
M Brad Davis, Houston, at  Chivas USA
F Clint Dempsey, Seattle, vs. Philadelphia
M Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy, at Colorado
M Maurice Edu, Philadelphia, at Seattle
D Brad Evans, Seattle, vs. Philadelphia
M Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake, at Chicago
D Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy, at Colorado
D Clarence Goodson, San Jose, at Vancouver
GK Bill Hamid, D.C. United, at Portland
F Eddie Johnson, D.C. United, at Portland
GK Sean Johnson, Chicago, vs. Real Salt Lake
GK Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake, at Chicago
F Chris Wondolowski, San Jose, at Vancouver
D DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle, vs. Philadelphia
SUNDAY:
D Matt Besler, Sporting KC, vs. Columbus
D Michael Parkhurst, Columbus, at Sporting KC
M Graham Zusi, Sporting KC, vs. Columbus


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