FIFA World Cup 2010: Landon Donovan's Greatest U.S. Soccer Moments
Landon Donovan has scored 44 goals for the United States Men's Team over the years, none bigger than No. 44, the game winner and group winner in the 91st minute versus Algeria.
Donovan not only holds the mark for most goals scored in United States Men's Soccer history, but he is also the all-time leader in assists.
He has scored some big goals, dished big assists and had multiple big moments since he burst on the U.S. scene over a decade ago.
Here is a quick rundown of his greatest five moments in the United States uniform.
5. Landon's Four Goals vs. Cuba in 2003
On July 19, 2003, a 21-year-old Donovan scored four goals against Cuba in a Gold Cup quarterfinal victory.
Donovan's performance tied a U.S. men's team record for goals in a game, and gave more proof to the assertion that he was already the greatest American soccer player ever.
4. Donovan's Two Goals in 2002 World Cup
He was just 20 years old at the World Cup in 2002 and already becoming the leader of the team.
Donovan scored in a win over Mexico and in a loss to Poland. He helped lead the team to a surprise berth in the quarterfinals, the first time they had made it that far since reaching the semifinals in 1930.
3. Goal versus Brazil in 2009 Confederation's Cup Final
The United States shocked a lot of football fans around the world by making it to the 2009 Confederation's Cup Final against Brazil, ahead of Italy and Spain.
The U.S. played extremely well against heavily-favored Brazil, but ultimately could not hold on and lost a great game 3-2.
Still, an impressive showing by the Donovan—led Yanks.
2. 2010 World Cup: Donovan Brings Back U.S. in Second Half vs. Slovenia
One of the prettiest damn goals U.S. soccer fans have ever seen.
It was a true moment of exhilaration as Donovan drove the ball from a seemingly impossible angle up and over the Slovenian goal keeper.
The amazing goal brought the U.S. back to within a goal just after halftime, and then Donovan set up the game—tying goal later in the half.
He also set up what should have been the game winner, but that was disallowed by a bad referee decision.
A much needed point was gained to keep their 2010 World Cup hopes alive.
1. 2010 World Cup: The Goal Heard 'Round America
Some may argue, and it may depend upon what the Americans do in the round of 16, but I would call this the biggest goal in U.S. soccer history.
So much depended on this team making it out of the group stage, and if they hadn't it would have been an injustice.
Donovan, who was quiet much of the game, made an incredible run once he got the ball. When you look back at this goal, go all the way back to Howard throwing the ball quickly after his save, and then Donovan getting the ball at midfield. He is running twice as fast as anyone else on the pitch.
You can see the defenders back-pedaling, surprised by how quickly he is getting upon them. That is the true key to this goal. The speed of Landon with the ball in the open field is a thing of beauty.
Now, here's hoping another goal or two from Landon in this World Cup may make the top five as well.