The Los Angeles Galaxy may be underperforming but Landon Donovan is not. In his 125th start for the US Men's National Team, Donovan scored three goals and assisted another to help the USMNT win the friendly against Scotland on May 26.
An Amazing Feat
Against Scotland, Donovan opened up the scoring in the 3rd minute. Next, he helped set up Michael Bradley's 11th minute volley goal. Then, the Galaxy star scored another in the 59th minute. A few minutes later, Donovan completed his hat trick. Finally, he provided the assist to Jermaine Jones for the USA's fifth goal. After seeing the Galaxy crash and burn, it was certainly inspiring to watch Donovan at the top of his game. This was Donovan's third international hat trick.
Keep the Fire Burning
In Major League Soccer, Landon Donovan has been leading a struggling Los Angeles Galaxy team. This season, the Galaxy captain has had trouble finding the back of the net. In 2012, he has scored two goals in 10 games. On the other hand, he made 12 goals in 23 games in the 2011 regular season. Thus, I think scoring these goals with the national team is a good way for Donovan to get his confidence back. Perhaps, he will bring some of his finishing power back to the MLS. For the USMNT and the Galaxy's sake, I hope he keeps the fire going.
A Little Motivation
In a recent interview Donovan mentioned, "There's no question that, at some point, probably sooner rather than later, I'll be pretty burned out. … There's a natural point where it's not as fun anymore, not as enjoyable and you still try to find ways to keep it enjoyable." Donovan may have sounded burnt out and discouraged in this interview. However, perhaps he has reevaluated his attitude. After the USA-Scotland friendly, the 30-year-old said he did care about the game and his team. Perhaps, he just needed a little motivation.
A Few Good Men
What Donovan also needs is a few good men supporting him on the Los Angeles Galaxy. There have been games where the Galaxy captain has been making runs and passes with little reciprocation. This is definitely not the case on the USMNT. Donovan was given pitch perfect passes from Bradley and Jones. Yes, it is Donovan's job to lead the Galaxy but everyone has to step up their game.
I hope Donovan has continued success with the USMNT. I also hope he will bring some of that "success" back with him to the Home Depot Center.
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.