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Records put Donovan in class by himself
by Paul Kennedy, August 7th, 2014 8:51PM
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TAGS:  landon donovan, men's national team, mls


[BY THE NUMBERS] Landon Donovan holds just about every soccer record for a U.S. male player. His goalscoring records in MLS and for the national team might survive for many years.

Donovan's caps are second on the all-time U.S. men's national team's list behind only Cobi Jones (164). Jeff Agoos is third with 134. Among 2014 World Cup players, DaMarcus Beasley has the most caps (120).

Donovan's 138 goals in MLS regular-season play are the most of any player. To put the feat in perspective, only seven other MLS players have scored 100 or more goals, and only one of the them (Dwayne De Rosario with 103 goals) is still active. (Colorado's Edson Buddle has 99 goals.)

One of the few all-time MLS scoring records Donovan doesn't hold is for assists. His 124 assists are 11 behind retired Steve Ralston.

Donovan's 57 goals are at least double those of all but three players in U.S. men's national team's history: Clint Dempsey (39), Eric Wynalda (34) and Brian McBride (30).

Donovan's 58 assists for the national team are more than the next three players combined: Jones (22), Claudio Reyna (19) and Eddie Lewis and Wynalda (tied with 16).

Donovan's 22 MLS playoff goals are the most by any player, six more than the next best player, Carlos Ruiz.

Donovan started all 12 games he played in the World Cup for the most appearances ever by an American.

Donovan won the Honda Player of the Year in voting by the media seven times, three times in a row (2002-04) and four times in a row (2007-01).

Donovan's five goals in the World Cup are not only the most by an American they are the most by a player from a Concacaf country.

Donovan's five MLS titles are tied with Brian Mullan and Agoos for the most titles.

Donovan has won four Gold Cup titles (2002, 2003, 2007 and 2013). The only other player on the team for each of the four titles was DaMarcus Beasley.

Donovan is one of only three American players to win the Golden Ball as best player at a FIFA event. He won the Golden Ball at the 1999 Under-17 World Cup. The other winners are women: Carin Gabarra at the 1991 Women's World Cup and Sydney Leroux at the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup.

  1. John Parkyn
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.
    Why didn't LD play for US in the WC?
  1. John Parkyn
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.
    Yup, I mean the 2014 WC.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.
    John, is this some kind of a joke? or are you really living under a rock?
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.
    Shows Jurgen is mortal-same stupidity as Loew-kieslling..much as i hated to see it, nice goal, LD.......kudos to Timbers Army, very nice to us...
  1. Mark Buckley
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
    As a DC United fan I hated seeing Donovan on the field against us, but there is/was no one else who comes close to what he did for the USA. He was an international star and they probably still wish he was Everton. Unfortunately unless Jurgen WINS the World Cup as our coach; Jurgen will be remembered as the coach who left the greatest USA player at home. Landon I will not miss you when United plays the LA, but Brazil was not the World Cup it could have been and many USA fans will always think of you when they watch the World Cup in the future.
  1. Mark Buckley
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.
    On no I hate when I don't proof read, I meant "at Everton."
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
    Congrats to LD.. Awesome Career,, Sometimes too Flakey, But He was our Flake, Until that Jerk JK Helicoptered in and didn't want to be Upstaged... Humm,,,Donovan or Wondoloski,???.Donovan or Wondoloski,??.. Donovan or Wondoloski in front of the Goal,??? JUST SAYING!!!
  1. John Parkyn
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 7:10 p.m.
    Gus: Not everybody is as clued into US soccer … Did LD decline to play in the WC or was he not selected and if not, why not? Of course, it could be that I knew but that my advanced years don't enable me to recall the reason.
  1. Edgar Soudek
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 8:31 p.m.
    Dear Mr. Parkyn: The Coach of the US Mens' Soccer Team, German "Pretty Boy" Klinsmann, did not include Landon Donovan in the roster of 23 players he took to Brazil for specific reasons, namely: jealosy, personal dislike, dishonesty, idiocy, vengeful attitude, et al. If Klinsmann had just one strand of moral fiber in him he would resign, and leave his job to a better man!
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 8, 2014 at 10:17 p.m.
    My apology, Mr. Parkyn. I thought you were kidding. Any way, the amount of articles and comments written about this subject can fill an encyclopedia, and it's not fair to make it very brief like edgar did. I did some internet search and found an article, written by SA's Mike Woitalla, which had a lot of comments: (I wrote few myself, too)
  1. John Parkyn
    commented on: August 9, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
    Thank you Gus. The article you pointed to brings out the pros and cons of LD's non-selection.
  1. Jack Torok
    commented on: August 11, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.
    I have always respected Donovan's foresight when it comes to seeing the game. Always dangerous and despite his pace slowing down over the last couple years should have been included in the WC squad. I only wish I saw more of him here in Vancouver but then he always killed the Whitecaps with his goals.

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