Donovan Matches MLS Goals Mark
Carson, Calif. — Landon Donovan would be more excited about his latest piece of MLS history if he wasn’t so consumed with the Los Angeles Galaxy’s push for another league title.
Donovan scored twice in the first half, tying Jeff Cunningham’s MLS career goals record in the Galaxy’s 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday.
Donovan has 134 regular-season goals, passing second-place Jaime Moreno (133) and matching Cunningham’s total. The Galaxy’s home crowd gave a warm halftime ovation to Donovan, who’s likely to reign high atop the list in the coming years.
“If this had happened earlier in my career, I would have thought about it more,” Donovan said. “But we’re in a playoff race right now, so for us, it’s about winning. But at halftime, it hit me, and I realized it. I’ll sit and think about it at some point, but for now, I want to keep going.”
The U.S. national team star scored in the 23rd minute on a sharp pass from Gyasi Zardes before tying the record in the 41st minute with a beautiful chip shot over Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy.
Out of Qualifiers
Chicago — The United States will be missing Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley for its World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.
Dempsey has not played since Sept. 13 because of a strained right hamstring, and Bradley has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle during pregame warmups at Costa Rica on Sept. 6.
The U.S. (5-2-1), which already has clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth, selected only 20 players for Friday night’s game against Jamaica at Kansas City, Kan., and the match four days later at Panama, which concludes qualifying.
Golazo Stuns Spurs
London — Ravel Morrison picked up possession near the halfway line, evaded the Tottenham defenders and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, creating a Premier League season highlight as West Ham beat Spurs 3-0 Sunday for its first win at White Hart Lane in 14 years.
Goals by Winston Reid in the 66th and Ricardo Vaz Te in the 72nd built the lead for Hammers, and Morrison capped the scoring in the 79th.
Morrison, a 20-year-old midfielder, was let go in 2010 by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. West Ham loaned him to Birmingham last season.
“The penny has dropped with him,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said. “It has dropped in lifestyle and attitude and his timekeeping, all of a sudden there is a belief that he doesn’t want to do anything other than break into our first team.”
Arsenal’s 10-game winning streak in all competitions ended with a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Claudio Yacob put the hosts ahead in the 42nd and Jack Wilshere tied the score in the 63rd with his first league goal since 2010, two days after being admonished by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following publication of a photograph showing the midfielder smoking.
The Gunners (5-1-1) have 16 points and lead Liverpool on goals scored. Chelsea (4-1-2) is two points back after a 3-1 victory at Norwich. Ocsar’s fourth-minute goal for the Blues was offset by Anthony Pilkington’s goal in the 68th minute. Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead in the 85th and Willian, a second-half substitute making his Premier League debut, added a goal in the 86th.