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Landon Donovan still chasing record, scoring drought at eight games

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Landon Donovan was on the verge of having the MLS goals record all to himself at the end of last season.

He scored two goals against Chivas USA in October to bring him level with Jeff Cunningham at 134. With three games left in the campaign, Donovan figured to be the record holder by the end of the season.

But since then Donovan has been on a dry spell.

Scoreless in eight regular season games and 16 in all competitions dating back to last year, Donovan is overdue for a goal. With the team beginning a three-game trip this weekend, the record-breaking goal may come on the road.

The regular-season scoring drought is Donovan’s worst since last summer, when he missed five games during Gold Cup duty and went scoreless in eight. Before that he went without a goal for 17 regular-season games from July 2012 to April 2013.

The good news? Despite a scoreless drought for the final 12 games of the 2012 regular season, the Galaxy still won MLS Cup that year with two goals from Donovan in the postseason, including one in the championship game.

Plus, slow starts are nothing new for Donovan. In 2013, it took him six games before getting on the scoreboard and eight games in 2011 and 2010. 

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