At least it wasn't a shutout: Landon Donovan sets MLS goal-scoring record as Galaxy embarrass Union

At least it wasn't a shutout: Landon Donovan sets MLS goal-scoring record as Galaxy embarrass Union
May 25, 2014, 11:42 pm
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Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Philadelphia Union...

Landon Donovan, fresh off a shocking snub by United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, became the all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of Major League Soccer as the underachieving LA Galaxy totally embarrassed the Union Saturday night, 4-1, at the StubHub Center.

Donovan scored twice on the night -- Nos. 135 and 136 in his MLS career -- while Robbie Keane and Leonardo (not this guy) each found the net for the Galaxy.

But hey, at least there was another consolation penalty kick.

With Maurice Edu back in the fold, but without the suspended Cristian Maidana, Union manager John Hackworth put out  a bizarre 4-3-3 formation that included Danny Cruz, Antoine Hoppenot and Leo Fernandes up front. Needless to say, there were very few chances at the offensive end.

Leonardo scored on a set piece two minutes into the game as the Union defense -- namely center back Amobi Okugo -- forgot that the game had started. Things really got out of hand in the second half, especially when the Union's Sheanon Williams gifted Keane his goal with a bad turnover in his own half (in all fairness, Keane should have had about 3 or 4 other goals).

The only bright spots (and I use that phrase sparingly) were, as usual, the play of goalkeeper Zac MacMath and late sub Zach Peffer.

MacMath gave up four goals, yes, but it could have been eight or nine without MacMath between the pipes. Peffer came on in garbage time (again) and drew a penalty in the box that Maurice Edu converted to avoid the shutout (in all due respect to Edu, you couldn't have let the kid take that PK?).

The only other bright spot if you wear Union blue and gold? A week in sunny Southern California before next Saturday's game against Chivas USA in the same stadium.

 

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