MLS Week 12: Landon Donovan sets new MLS goal scoring record


Landon Donovan is the new all-time MLS goal scoring record holder. The LA Galaxy forward scored his 135th career MLS goal, breaking his tie with Jeff Cunningham. Donovan set the new record in the 50th minute against Philadelphia on Sunday night. Donovan scored again in the 81st minute in a 4-1 win for the Galaxy.

“To be honest when I scored, I wasn’t thinking of the record,” Donovan said. “It only occurred to me 10 seconds into the celebrating. It’s great. I mean, it really is. I think more importantly, I enjoy the rest of the season, keep helping our team. I want to get back to enjoying football. This has been a week where I had moments I fell out of love for it a little bit. I want to make sure I keep enjoying it.”

Donovan assisted on Leonardo’s 2nd minute opener for the Galaxy. Robbie Keane scored their third goal in the 49th minute and assisted on both Donovan goals. Maurice Edu pulled a goal back for Philadelphia in the 88th minute.

Week 12 started on Friday night with Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC drawing 2-2 at Sporting Park. Dominic Dwyer put Sporting Kansas City up in the 47th minute. The referee sent off Toronto’s Steven Caldwell in the 63rd minute with Toronto regrouping and equalizing with a Luke Moore goal four minutes later. Sporting Kansas City’s Dominic Dwyer converted a penalty in the 84th. Toronto came up with another short handed equalizer when Bradley Orr scored in stoppage time.

“What I loved about this is I sat here about a year ago in the same situation, we went down to ten men and we folded like a wet paper bag and it was three going on eight,” Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen said. “But we looked very solid today and we got, I think, through character and through determination and through battling against all of the variables that were thrown against the guys, I think it was a well-deserved draw.”

On Saturday, the Portland Timbers beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in a game that saw 8 yellow cards split evenly between the teams. New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips converted a penalty in the 36th minute to open the scoring. Maximiliano Urruti equalized for Portland in the 45th and scored the winning goal in the 74th minute.

Vancouver and Seattle finished 2-2 in a Cascadia derby at BC Place. Chad Barrett gave Seattle the lead on the road in the 36th minute. That only held for three minutes with Erik Hurtado equalizing in the 39th. Gershon Koffie put Vancouver up in the 66th minute. Gonzalo Pineda equalized from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.

The Columbus Crew shutout the Chicago Fire 2-0 at home. Ethan Finley (10th) and Jairo Arrieta (25th) were the goal scorers. At Gillette Stadium, New England beat DC United 2-1 with all the goals scored in the second-half. Patrick Mullins put New England up in the 55th minute with Fabian Espindola equalizing in the 73rd. Diego Fagundez scored New England’s winner in the 77th minute. The referee sent off Eddie Johnson in the 82nd minute.

“This win gives us our confidence going; knowing we can win 5-0 or give it all that we have and still pull out a win with a score of 2-1,” Fagundez said. “The important thing is that we keep going and we got the three points.”

Colorado beat Montreal 4-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado’s Dillon Powers converted a 5th minute penalty. Kamani Hill made it 2-0 Colorado in the 54th with Shane O’Neil scoring for the Rapids in the 58th. Powers scored again in the 84th. Andres Romero spoiled the shutout with an 88th minute goal for Montreal. Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas ended scoreless at Toyota Stadium.

On Sunday, San Jose shutout Houston 3-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Khari Stephenson scored in the 38th minute and doubled San Jose’s lead from the penalty spot in the 58th. Atiba Harris scored in the 70th minute.

“It’s a great feeling,” Stephenson said. “It’s the first time in my career that I’ve scored two goals in a game, so tonight’s match is up there. At the same time, I don’t think I had a very good game, but it was important for the team to get the win and that’s what really matters.”

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