Landon Donovan claims MLS goals record in first match after World Cup snub

LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan set a new MLS record by scoring his 135th goal against Philadelphia on Sunday night. He later added a second to help the Galaxy to a 4-1 victory.

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Landon Donovan responded to his World Cup heartbreak by climbing to the top of the all-time MLS goalscoring charts on Sunday night.

Donovan popped up at the back post to turn home Robbie Keane’s cross in the 49th minute of the LA Galaxy’s match against Philadelphia and secure his record-breaking 135th goal.

The simple finish broke a tie with former US forward Jeff Cunningham and sparked emotional celebrations from the 32-year-old.

Donovan missed out on a trip to Brazil after US coach Jurgen Klinsmann left him off his 23-man roster on Thursday, but he delivered the assist on Leonardo’s opener and then swept home his first goal of the season to claim the career goals record for himself.

The veteran striker then extended his record with his second goal of the night nine minutes from time as the Galaxy eased to a 4-1 victory over the Union at StubHub Center.