Donovan Can Go Out on High with MLS Cup Following Turbulent Final Season

Landon Donovan's final Major League Soccer season began badly.

Stumped on 134 career goals, which had him level with all-time leading goalscorer Jeff Cunningham, he failed to find the net in each of his first seven matches for Los Angeles Galaxy.

It was a dry spell that no doubt contributed to his omission from his country's World Cup squad and, given Jurgen Klinsmann's displeasure with his 2012 sabbatical, likely served to reinforce a decision the United States manager had long wanted to make.

Donovan was understandably devastated.

"I was looking forward to playing in Brazil," he remarked in a Facebook post. "I am very disappointed with today's decision."

The following Sunday—with a point to prove—the 32-year-old delivered one of the more memorable performances of an unforgettable career.

In the second minute against Philadelphia Union, his free-kick from distance was headed i...

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