LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan spent the second half of Saturday’s visit to D.C. United on the bench, his left ankle covered in ice.
Donovan, just back from contributing a goal and an assist in the huge U.S. win over Mexico, got tangled up with United forward Luis Silva late in the first half at RFK Stadium. Silva unintentionally rolled over Donovan, who was able to continue for the last few minutes but was subtracted at the break for Jose Villarreal.
Donovan already had an assist in the match as his team sliced through United’s defense with ridiculous ease for an early road goal.
Remember, Donovan continues to chase not just the all-time goals record in Major League Soccer, but also Steve Ralston’s all-time assist leadership. With Saturday’s helper, Donovan is now 19 behind Ralston’s all-time best 135.
This would have been worse had it been prior to Tuesday’s big World Cup qualifier in Columbus, although that’s hardly likely to comfort the Galaxy, which has four matches remaining in a busy September. (The Galaxy schedule is here.)
LA has two important home matches this week, mid-week against Metapan in CONCACAF Champions League play and then an MLS Round 30 biggie on Saturday against current Western Conference leaders Seattle.
Given Donovan’s busy times recently, he seemed like a good candidate to sit out Wednesday’s Champions League match anyway – something that seems closer to a certainty now.
(Check back for updates at ProSoccerTalk after the match on Donovan’s injury.)