Last year we watched Jeff Cunningham, stuck on the Columbus Crew bench for most of the season, do just enough to creep ahead of Jaime Moreno has Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer.
But there’s long been a feeling that Moreno or Cunningham were just holding the spot anyway. Because Landon Donovan has been steadily, inexorably gaining ground all along.
Donovan hit for yet another last night in the Galaxy victory over Colorado. So this is where the chart sits on a Sunday morning.
Jeff Cunningham, 134
Jaime Moreno, 133
Landon Donovan, 117
Ante Razov, 114
Jason Kreis, 108
Donovan, 30 years old, is the only active member of the top-five. Dwayne De Rosario (93 goals) and Edson Buddle (91) are the only scorers in the same ballpark. They sit at Nos. 7 and 8.
So perhaps Buddle, soon to turn 31, can get into the conversation at some point. De Rosario, who turns 34 next month, will probably see the shot clock run out on his efforts.
Donovan needs 18 goals to be The Man of all-time, MLS goal-scoring wise. Best guess (assuming he doesn’t go to Europe, a possibility that seems less likely each year now): he will be popping celebratory champagne corks sometime in mid- to late-season of 2013.
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.