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Donovan scores first two goals with San Diego Sockers


Landon Donovan wasted little time in opening his Major Arena Soccer League account.

The former Galaxy and USMNT star scored his first two goals for the San Diego Sockers in Friday’s 13-2 win over the Turlock Express. It was Donovan’s second match with the team after debuting last month in the indoor league.

Donovan scored 12 seconds into the match from a tight angle to break the deadlock, before adding his second from a nicely hit volley later in the first quarter.

The 36-year-old also added a pair of assists in the lopsided win. San Diego’s victory also clinched them the Pacific Division Regular Season title.

Donovan made six appearances for Club Leon of Liga MX in 2018 before announcing his second retirement. He would later come back out of retirement to join the Sockers.

He is tied with Clint Dempsey for the U.S. Men’s National Team all-time record for goals with 57. Donovan also has the MLS record for goals in a career with 145, one ahead of San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.

Donovan and the Sockers are back in action on March 10th against the Ontario Fury.


  1. I was at the game. Donovan wasn’t super aggressive and it looked like he was easing into it but physically. Played a lot of really short increments as it’s indoor. That being said he was effective whenever he got the ball. Keeper on the opposing team was really poor.


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