Even before the opening kickoff the near-capacity crowd of 25,908 broke into a chant and Donovan, the third-highest scorer in Major League Soccer history, gave the fans plenty to cheer after seeming a step slow against FC Dallas one week earlier in his first MLS start. The 31-year-old midfielder missed the season’s first month recovering from an exhausting string of games with the Galaxy, English club Everton and the U.S. national team.
In the 74th minute, Donovan streaked down the right side and one-timed a pass from captain Robbie Keane into a wide-open net for his 125th career goal.
“We basically had a two-on-none breakaway and all credit to Robbie he made a great pass,” said Donovan, who started at midfield but pressed forward in the second half to create numerous scoring opportunities. “There’s no question they’re one of the top two or three teams in the league, so this was a big win for us.”