#LegenD: Landon Donovan by the Numbers

Most avid U.S. Soccer followers and Landon Donovan fans know of his big record numbers while playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team over the past 15 years:

But did you know that Donovan had five more assists in World Cup Qualifying (21) than he did in international friendlies (16)? How about the clutch manner in which he scored, driving home nearly 25 percent of his goals (14) in the final 15 minutes of international games with the U.S. MNT?

As Donovan prepares for his National Team finale on Friday, Oct. 10, against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, ussoccer.com has taken a moment to delve a bit deeper into the numbers that have defined Donovan while he has donned USA red, white and blue.

Landon Donovan’s U.S. Men’s National Team Accomplishments


Landon Donovan goals per year:
2000: 1
2001: 0
2002: 6
2003: 7
2004: 5
2005: 6
2006: 0
2007: 9 (tied for U.S. MNT record with Eric Wynalda)
2008: 3
2009: 5
2010: 3
2011: 1
2012: 3
2013: 8
2014: 0

How Landon Donovan scored:
Right-footed: 38
Left-footed: 15
Header: 4

Run of play: 38
Penalty kick: 15 (15-of-15 all-time)
Direct free kick: 3
Other set piece: 1

Landon Donovan Goals in 15-minute segments:
1st-15th minutes: 5 (8.8 percent)
16th-30th minutes: 7 (12.3 percent)
31st-45th minutes: 8 (14.0 percent)
46th-60th minutes: 12 (21.0 percent)
61st-75th minutes: 11 (19.3 percent)
76th-90th minutes: 14 (24.6 percent)

20 goals in first half (35.1 percent)
37 in second half (64.9 percent)
*Note: 31-45 and 76-90 blocks incorporate stoppage-time goals

Goals as a starter: 53

Goals as a sub: 4 (including first cap/goal against Mexico)

Game-winning goals: 10

36-6-2: U.S. MNT record when Landon Donovan scores a goal in a game

Goals as captain: 8

Multiple-goal games: 9
Four goals (1)

Three goals (2)

Two goals (6)

Goals scored by country/state:

Goals vs. country:
Cuba: 8 (4 goals on July 19, 2003, at CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Honduras: 6
Mexico: 6
Panama: 4
Costa Rica: 3
Ecuador: 3 (3 goals on March 25, 2007, for international friendly)
El Salvador: 3
Scotland: 3 (3 goals on May 26, 2012, for international friendly)
Canada: 2
Denmark: 2
Guatemala: 2
Algeria: 1
Barbados: 1
Belize: 1
Brazil: 1
Ghana: 1
Grenada: 1
Italy: 1
Jamaica: 1
Korea Republic: 1
Paraguay: 1
Poland: 1
Slovenia: 1
Sweden: 1
Venezuela: 1
Wales: 1

Goals in competitions:
CONCACAF Gold Cup: 19
FIFA Confederations Cup: 2
FIFA World Cup: 5 (Total is U.S. MNT record – 2 in 2002 World Cup, 3 in 2010 World Cup)
International friendlies: 19
World Cup Qualifying: 12

Goals by Confederation:
AFC: 1
CAF: 2
UEFA: 10

RECORD: Nine goals in one year (tie): Donovan’s 2007 total tied the U.S. MNT record originally set by Eric Wynalda in 1996, and the USA won on all seven occasions when Donovan scored a goal:


Landon Donovan assists per year:
2000: 1
2001: 1
2002: 2
2003: 5
2004: 6
2005: 6
2006: 3
2007: 4
2008: 5
2009: 10 (U.S. MNT record)
2010: 3
2011: 2
2012: 1
2013: 8
2014: 1

Multiple-assist games: 8
Three assists (twice)

Two assists (six times)

Game-winning assists: 19

39-4-5: U.S. MNT record when Landon Donovan posts an assist in a game

14-0-0: USA has won 14 straight since Sept. 5, 2009, when Landon Donovan assists

Assists as captain: 6

Assists vs. country:
El Salvador: 7
Mexico: 7
Trinidad & Tobago: 7
Canada: 4
Jamaica: 4
Costa Rica: 3
Honduras: 3
Panama: 3
Poland: 3
Turkey: 3
Belize: 2
Grenada: 2
Australia: 1
Brazil: 1
China PR: 1
Cuba: 1
Egypt: 1
Guatemala: 1
Japan: 1
Korea Republic: 1
Norway: 1
Scotland: 1

Assists by confederation
AFC: 3
CAF: 1
OFC: 1

Assists in competitions:
CONCACAF Gold Cup: 16
FIFA Confederations Cup: 2
International friendlies: 19
World Cup Qualifying: 21

Landon Donovan Assists in 15-minute segments:
1st-15th minutes: 8 (13.8 percent)
16th-30th minutes: 9 (15.5 percent)
31st-45th minutes: 7 (12.1 percent)
46th-60th minutes: 12 (20.6 percent)
61st-75th minutes: 11 (19.0 percent)
76th-90th minutes: 11 (19.0 percent)

24 assists in first half (41.4 percent)
34 in second half (58.6 percent)
*Note: 31-45 and 76-90 blocks incorporate stoppage-time assists

Some Memorable Landon Donovan Assists
Aug. 18, 2004: Assist to Brian Ching, 89th minute vs. Jamaica: On the verge of suffering a road loss against Jamaica at National Stadium in Kingston, Donovan set up Ching in the closing minutes to earn an important point in semifinal round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The play started with Cobi Jones and DaMarcus Beasley with a give-and-go on the right side. Jones crossed from the right corner to Donovan in the middle of the box. He settled and laid the ball off to Ching, and the Hawaii native fired his right-footed shot into the upper right corner for the equalizer. (Recap | Highlights)

Aug. 12, 2009: Assist to Charlie Davies, 9th minute vs. Mexico: The USA chipped away at the fortress of Estadio Azteca over the years, and Donovan’s early dish to Davies was big milestone in the team’s progression at Mexico’s home stadium. During the final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, the U.S. MNT took its first lead at Estadio Azteca on a sequence that started with Michael Bradley finding Donovan at the center circle. Donovan quickly forged ahead and threaded a crisp ball between five Mexico players who were within a couple yards of the pass to lead Davies down the left side. Davies had a couple steps on Mexico’s back line, and after taking two touches, he shot right-footed past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and into the right of the net for an early 1-0 lead. Mexico, however, was able to respond in front of the 100,000-plus home crowd to earn a 2-1 win against the U.S. (Recap | Highlights)

Oct. 10, 2009: Assist to Conor Casey, 69th minute vs. Honduras: During qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Charlie Davies started the sequence with a cross from the left side to Donovan in the middle. Donovan played a perfect through ball between a pair of Honduras defenders and straight ahead to Casey, who had scored 14 minutes earlier. Casey took a touch and waited for his moment to shoot low to the right side of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Donovan later scored a free-kick goal in the 71st minute, and that entire three-goal stretch in the second half was pivotal as the USA hung on for a 3-2 victory at Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. (Recap | Highlights)

June 22, 2011: Assist to Clint Dempsey, 76th minute vs. Panama: In the semifinals of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the USA finally erased the goalless score line thanks to Donovan’s precision dish to Dempsey for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win against Panama at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya and Freddy Adu each played a role in the USA’s attack, with Adu sending a deep pass to Donovan down the right side. Donovan dribbled into the box, passed in between the legs of a Panama defender and across the six-yard box to Dempsey who stayed even with the defensive line and lunged with his left leg for the tap-in. In celebration, Dempsey repeatedly pointed to Donovan, giving him full credit for that opportunity as the USA advanced to the Gold Cup Final. (Highlights)

Four consecutive games with an assist: Donovan is the only U.S. Men’s National Team player to record at least one assist in four straight games, and he did that on two occasions:
June 13-Aug. 18, 2004 (4 assists):

Aug. 12-Oct. 10, 2009 (5 assists):


U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year (4): 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
2000 Young Male Athlete of the Year
2002 FIFA World Cup Best Young Player (20 years old)
Golden Ball at 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup leading scorer – 5 goals (tied with Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres)
2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup leading scorer – 3 goals (tied with DaMarcus Beasley, Guatemala’s Carlos Ruiz, Honduras’ Wilmer Velasquez and Panama’s Luis Tejada)
2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup leading scorer – 4 goals (tied with Costa Rica’s Walter Centeno)
CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI (4): 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013

Landon Donovan’s Youth National Team Accomplishments
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team stats
(international games)
1998: 27 games, 26 starts, 23 goals, 13 assists (team leader in goals and assists)
1999: 14 games, 14 starts, 12 goals, 3 assists (team leader in goals)
TOTAL 41 games, 40 starts, 35 goals, 16 assists

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team stats
(international games)
2001: 6 games, 6 starts, 1 goal, 3 assists (tied for second in assists with Onyewu; Beasley led with 5)

U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team stats
(international games)
2000: 8 games, 3, starts, 4 goals, 0 assists (tied for lead in goals with Albright, Vagenas and Wolff)