Landon Donovan
Los Angeles Galaxy forward, Landon Donovan, acknowledges the crowd after breaking the all-time MLS assists record. Twitter @LAGalaxy

Landon Donovan stands all alone atop the MLS all-time assists record as he recorded his 136th assist on Saturday night thanks to teammate and MVP candidate, Robbie Keane. Keane scored two first half goals as the Los Angeles Galaxy cruised to a 3-0 victory against Toronto FC.

“The last thing on my mind is the league MVP,” Keane said after the game. “My job is to score goals and help create opportunities. It’s nice to score goals.”

The Galaxy (17-5-9), are now in first place in the Western Conference for the first time all season, as they hold a three point lead over the Seattle Sounders who play the Colorado Rapids tomorrow afternoon. With the win, the Galaxy are now undefeated in their last 10 straight games.

“We haven’t been paying attention to the standings since the past few weeks, and now we are in a position to win the Supporters Shield, and that is absolutely our goal,” said Donovan.

Donovan broke Steve Ralston’s all-time MLS assists record in the 25th minute on Keane’s second goal of the game. Donovan sent a pass to AJ DeLaGarza, who sent a cross to Keane who scored the goal. It was Keane’s 19th goal of the season to put him all alone in third place on the year. With the assist, Donovan now adds to his MLS lead of 19 assists on the season.

“Getting this record wasn’t overly realistic in my mind, but when the team plays like this, it was just natural, every time we get a chance, they are close to scoring, so I just get the ball close and they do their job so it’s easy,’ said Donovan on the record.

Donovan will retire at the end of the MLS Cup playoffs, with two very important all-time records: goals and assists. Donovan was replaced after a corner kick in the 84th minute for Alan Gordon who scored the Galaxy’s third goal in the 93rd minute. Donovan received a standing ovation on his way off the pitch, and will have a very emotional week ahead of him.

Donovan is slated to play his final game for Team USA on Friday against Ecuador in Connecticut. Donovan’s family, friends and fans will be on hand to bid farewell to one of the greatest soccer players the United States has ever seen.

“I’ll try to enjoy it, but I can’t promise it will be easy the whole time,” said Donovan about his final game. “I think this week I’ll have the chance to relax and enjoy it a different way.”

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