When arguing who the best U.S. Men’s National Team player of all time, the conversation typically starts and ends with one Landon Donovan.
With the LA Galaxy legend set to make his return to MLS this weekend, PST takes a look at some of Donovan’s best finishes in his illustrious career for both club and country.
5. Donovan sparks comeback vs. Slovenia
Donovan will always be remembered for his performance at the 2010 World Cup, and this powerful blast proves why. Had it not been for this finish the U.S. could very well have fallen to Slovenia, making their road to the Round of 16 that much more difficult.
4. First-time blast hands U.S. win over Ecuador
Even though his opener was a special finish in its own right, Donovan made no mistake with his one-time effort from the top of the box to give the Americans a 3-1 win over Ecuador. (Skip to 4:44)
3. Stunning strike gives Galaxy the lead vs. Revolution
It all happened very quickly but Donovan left Matt Reis with no chance after curling home this stunning volley.
2. Galaxy win third MLS Cup after clever Donovan chip
When it came to the big moments, Donovan was almost always up for the challenge. This little flick over the goalkeeper was a prime example of his brilliance.
1. Donovan launches USMNT into knockout rounds
With much respect to Brandi Chastain, has there been any U.S. goal more important to this country? Sure, Tim Howard‘s distribution was perfect (as Ian Darke alludes to in the commentary), but as always, Donovan put himself in the right place at the absolute right time.