If we take into account that he retired from the activity in 2018 it would not make sense to name Landon Donovan in relation to the recent contest in 2021. However, this footballer has a series of records that make him the true King of this competition of selections.
It is true that the Mexican National Team is the team that won the title the most times, 11 times, but not even in 2021, Donovan could be surpassed in any of his two unbeatable records in the history of the Gold Cup.
The first mark that could not be beaten in this edition is related to the fact that Landon Donovan is the highest historical scorer of the tournament with 18 goals, being far behind his compatriot Clint Dempsey who remained at 13, plus the Mexicans Zague and Andrés Guardado, who they still have 12.
The second historical record that could not even be broken in 2021 was that of the maximum number of titles in the Gold Cup, where Donovan has four championships, conquered in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013, being equaled with Guillermo Ochoa, with the same number.
Meanwhile the last record that he has so far is the one with the most matches played in the Concacaf tournament, with 34 appearances, something that could be surpassed in this edition with who is his closest pursuer, the Panamanian Gabriel Torres, who until now has 32 in three editions. In addition, he is the only player who participated in 6 different editions.
Landon Donovan: Teams he played for
1999–2000 Bayer Leverkusen II 28 appearances and 9 goals
2000–2005 Bayer Leverkusen 7 appearances and 0 goals
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 87 appearances and 32 goals
2005–2014 LA Galaxy 247 appearances and 112 goals
2009 Bayern Munich 6 appearances and 0 goals
2010 Everton 10 appearances and 2 goals
2012 Everton 7 appearances and 0 goals
2016 LA Galaxy 6 appearances and 1 goals
2018 León 6 appearances and 1 goals
2019 San Diego Sockers 8 appearances and 5 goals
Total 412 appearances and 161 goals
Landon Donovan: How many games does he played for the USMNT?
Landon Donovan was called up for the first time for the United States team in 2000, something that happened uninterruptedly until 2014. It was then that he represented his country 157 times, scored 57 goals and gave 58 assists.
Landon Donovan: Tournaments that he won
- San Jose Earthquakes
MLS Cup: 2001, 2003
- LA Galaxy
MLS Cup: 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014
Supporters' Shield: 2010, 2011
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: 2005
CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013