Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Re-live Donovan's 35 international goals

It was just under two-weeks ago that Landon Donovan officially became the all-time US Men's goal scorer. To celebrate this achievement, US Soccer has put together a fantastic trip down memory lane as they look back at all 35 goals.

Just launch the interactive viewer and you will be able to see the location of every shot, plus you can watch the video of the goal (I've got to admit, I'm a sucker for this sort of thing).

US Soccer also breaks down the goals by month, year, opponent, venue, minute, etc. Lots of good stuff here, although the one stat that stands out more then any other is not the most positive.

By Country
Grenada - 1 (2.8%)
Panama - 1 (2.8%)
Korea - 2 (5.8%)
USA - 31 (88.6%)

Although the US has played a majority of their matches on home soil over the last eight years, the 88.6% figure is still high. Any way you look at it, it is a bit disconcerting that so many of his goals have taking place in the states. With all the World Cup Qualifiers played throughout Concacaf, I would have thought a few other nations would be on the list.

Looking over the other stats, I think I have discovered Landon's perfect game scenario: US vs. Cuba in a Gold Cup competition in early June at Gillette Stadium. He would start and play the whole match. Odds are he would net a goal in the second half (60% of his goals have come in the second 45), with a good chance of it being in the final 15-minutes (26% of his goals came between the 76-90th minutes).

So enjoy wasting some time look back at the international goals of Landon Donovan.

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