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Landon Donovan joins Jeff Cunningham atop MLS scoring charts, how many will he get?

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Before the LA Galaxy’s game on Sunday against Chivas USA, Landon Donovan was complaining of not being fully-fit.

Then in the first half he scored twice to propel himself to the top of Major League Soccer’s all-time scoring charts, alongside MLS legend Jeff Cunningham.

Donovan now has 134 goals in his MLS career, and his next strike will seal his place as the solitary all-time leading scorer in the league’s 18 year history.

But just how many will Donovan score?

Obviously there are a lot of variables flying around here, but given the fact that Donovan only recently signed a new deal with LA and has returned from his self-imposed sabbatical ready and raring to take the league by storm, it seems as though it’ll be a long time before the goals dry up.

(MORE: Highlights – Donovan ties MLS goal scoring record in SuperClasico rout)

At the age of 31, it wouldn’t be outlandish to speculate Donovan will still be playing in MLS at the age of 36. So, at the rate of say 10-12 goals per year, and given the fact that he still has a few games left this season, is it wrong to think Donovan can reach the magic 200 mark?

I don’t think so.

With the Galaxy, you know he’s always going to have top quality teammates to feed him chances. And, in part, Donovan’s goalscoring success over the years is down to the high caliber of teammates he’s had. But make no mistake about it, Donovan has scored plenty off his own back and when all is said and done 15-20 years from now, he will be remembered Stateside in the same fondness that Sir Bobby Charlton is remembered in England, or Franz Beckenbauer in Germany.

He is, and always will be, an iconic figure of American soccer. I expect him to be scoring goal for many years to come, as Donovan’s status as a legendary star of MLS continues to shine brighter than ever.

Good on you, LD. Now just one more strike and you’ve got the record on your own. What’s the betting he becomes MLS’ all-time leading scorer in front of his own fans at a packed stadium, against his old side San Jose Earthquakes in a crucial Western Conference match up on October 20?

I’d almost guarantee it. As his 134 goals and counting have proven over the years, Donovan always steps up to the big occasion.

For old times sake, here’s a quick snapshot of the top 10 scorers in MLS history:

1. Jeff Cunningham – 134

– Landon Donovan – 134

3. Jaime Moreno – 133

4. Ante Razov – 114

5. Jason Kreis – 108

6. Dwayne De Rosario – 103

7. Taylor Twellman – 101

8. Edson Buddle – 98

9. Carlos Ruiz – 88

10. Roy Lassiter – 88

Independiente and Flamengo meet for South American trophy

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SAO PAULO (AP) Independiente, relegated for the first time in its history in 2013, can complete a remarkable turnaround by winning the Copa Sudamericana at the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Argentine team will go into the second leg of the final holding a 2-1 lead over Brazilian club Flamengo from the first leg.

Independiente, which has won multiple titles in South American tournaments, will be counting on 18-year-old midfielder Ezequiel Barco, one of the best players in this year’s competition.

Flamengo is also seeking to restore some pride in Rio de Janeiro. The big-spending Brazilian club, playing in its first Copa Sudamericana final, finished its domestic championship in a disappointing sixth place.

The Rio team will be without Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who is serving a one-year doping ban.

Instead, veteran midfielder Diego will be the key player as Flamengo looks to claim its first regional title since winning the now-defunct Copa Mercosur in 1999.

After Independiente won the first leg, the club posted on its social media channels a picture of its players celebrating at the Maracana in 1995 when the two teams played for the Supercopa.

If the Argentines lose 1-0 on Wednesday, there will be a penalty shootout to decide the winner.

Last year, Brazilian club Chapecoense was awarded the title before the final after 19 players, plus club directors and several members of staff, died in an air crash.

The Copa Sudamericana is the continent’s second most prestigious tournament after the Copa Libertadores.

Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund wins in Stoger’s managerial debut

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For the first time since late September, Borussia Dortmund has won a league match, while Leipzig’s slip up opens the door for Bayern Munich to extend its lead in Germany’s top flight.

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Here’s a brief look at all of Tuesday’s Bundesliga action.

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

10 points separates Dortmund from league leaders Bayern Munich, who also have a match in hand, but for the moment, the bleeding his stopped. BVB picked up a crucial win on Tuesday to end its domestic woes upon manager Peter Stoger’s debut. The side’s drought stretched over an eight-match winless period. Second-half goals from Sokratis and Shinji Kagawa moved Dortmund into the top four, while Mainz remains 15th in the league table.

 

Wolfsburg 1-1 Red Bull Leipzig

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig’s form continues to slide downward after the second-place side dropped points in its fourth straight match across all competitions. The road side’s fortunes were dampened early on when Paul Verhaegh converted from the penalty spot, however, Marcel Halstenberg did manage to pull a goal back for Leipzig in the 52nd minute. Leipzig’s misfortunes carried on in stoppage time though when Dayot Upamecano was sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the day.


The rest of Tuesday’s scores

Hamburg 1-2 Frankfurt
Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Inter beats 3rd-division Pordenone 5-4 on penalties in Cup

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MILAN (AP) Inter Milan scraped into the Italian Cup quarterfinals after the Serie A leader was taken to penalties by third-division Pordenone on Tuesday.

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Pordenone goalkeeper Simone Perilli pulled off several saves in regulation time to keep the game scoreless, and he almost proved to be the hero during the shootout, stopping two penalties.

But Inter prevailed 5-4, with Yuto Nagatomo tucking away the final spot kick.

Both sides hit the woodwork during the 120 minutes.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti rang the changes, and only Milan Skriniar and Matias Vecino remained in the starting 11 from Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Juventus.

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However, he was forced by desperation to bring on Marcelo Brozovic at halftime as well as star forwards Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi.

Report: Cosmos coach Savarese to be named new Timbers manager

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In a time where NASL’s status moving forward is hanging in the balance, one of the league’s top managers is set to make the jump to Major League Soccer.

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According to ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese is set to be named the next Portland Timbers manager.

Savarese will take over for the recently departed Caleb Porter, who stepped down from his head coaching role with the Timbers in November.

The former professional player spent five seasons in MLS during his career, including stints with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the Red Bulls), as well as the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 46-year-old has managed the Cosmos from 2013 to present, and guided the NASL side to three Soccer Bowl titles in that span.