The soon-to-retire Galaxy legend has been effective for the club since announcing his retirement plans.Landon Donovan scored a penalty kick goal and added two assists as the LA Galaxy cruised past D.C. United 4-1 to claim the team's third straight win and second place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
The U.S national team's all-time scorer leading has been in good form on a season run-in that has become something of a farewell tour after announcing retirement plans several weeks ago. Donovan has scored three goals and added three assists in his last three matches, bringing his career regular-season goal total (and the all-time MLS record) to 141. With 127 assists, Donovan is now just eight short of the all-time record for that statistic.
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It's been an impressive turnaround from a dismal season beginning where the Galaxy star went scoreless in his first seven matches and was left out of the USA's World Cup squad. And as Donovan's form has improved, so has the Galaxy's league standing. Their 7-2-1 record from their last 10 games - a space where Donovan has had four goals and six assists - has seen Bruce Arena's boys climb into second place, one point behind Seattle.
“I am enjoying it," Donovan said after the game. "I realize very clearly that there’s only so many more chances to do this. The decision to retire and playing this way are intricately linked, and that’s giving me freedom to relax and enjoy it and it’s taking all the pressure off and that’s when I play my best.
"It’s been a lot of fun, I am enjoying it and most of all I like winning.”
Donovan hasn't done it all alone, however. Robbie Keane has picked up an MVP-caliber six goals seven assists in the Galaxy's last 10 matches, while youngster Gyasi Zardes has scored seven goals.