[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
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.