SEATTLE—Landon Donovan looked ready for the World Cup with three assists and a goal, and the Los Angeles Galaxy remained unbeaten with an impressive 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday afternoon.
In what could be his last Major League Soccer tuneup before heading off to U.S. national team camp, Donovan setup the first three Los Angeles goals before netting his first of the season in the 67th minute off a feed from Edson Buddle.
Jovan Kirovski gave L.A. a 1-0 lead midway through the first half with a swerving goal from 25 yards that handcuffed Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller. Omar Gonzalez and Todd Dunivant added second-half headers as the Galaxy ran their regular season unbeaten streak to 11.
Donovan Ricketts posted his sixth shutout of the season for Los Angeles (7-0-1), which showed some goal scoring diversity for the first time this season.
Before Wednesday's 1-0 win in Colorado, nine of the Galaxy's 10 goals had been scored by Buddle, the young striker making a push for inclusion at the U.S. national team's training camp. It opens in a little over a week to begin preparations for next month's World Cup.
Buddle could get one more chance to impress U.S. coach Bob Bradley when the Galaxy host Toronto next Saturday.
Donovan certainly looked ready. The leader of the U.S. squad that opens World Cup play June 12 against England set a new MLS career high with his three assists. He leads the league with nine assists in just eight games and checked out in the 71st minute to a mix of cheers and boos that will almost certainly be all cheers from afar a month from now.
Making his first start of the season, Kirovski took a chance on a drive from distance midway through the first half when Seattle controlled most of the play. The slicing shot, off a pass from Donovan, glanced off Keller's left hand and inside the far post, silencing yet another Seattle sellout crowd.
Kirovski's goal was just the third this season for Los Angeles scored by someone other than Buddle. The Galaxy added two more in the second half. Gonzalez rose above the Seattle defense to head Donovan's corner kick off the underside of the crossbar and past a helpless Keller in the 52nd minute. Five minutes later, Seattle's Peter Vagenas whiffed on clearing Donovan's free kick. The loose ball bounced in the penalty area and Dunivant's dive redirected past Keller.
The victory was Los Angeles' first over Seattle in three meetings and put the Galaxy 13 points clear of the Sounders with the Western Conference standings.