Landon Donovan's most memorable goal this year certainly was his finish from Robbie Keane's feed to beat Houston in the MLS Cup final a little more than two weeks ago.
Where does it rank among his most important goals?
“Um ... I mean ... I don't know. That's a good question,” the man himself says. “I said it [after the 1-0 victory over the Dynamo]: I didn't care how the ball went in, I just wanted it to go in. It didn't matter who did it.
“This year has been so long and so trying, we just wanted to make sure we ended the right way, so I'm just glad it went over the line.”
Greatest Donovan goal of them all? It's got to be the last-minute winner to beat Algeria in last year's World Cup, to take the Yanks atop their group and into the knockout stage -- right?
“Circumstance-wise, probably,” he says. “The goals are exciting -- even when I think back to being a kid, it's always the most fun to score a goal, the feeling and the reaction and the energy you feel from the crowd when you score. Butt the goals don't mean anything if you're not winning or if you're not advancing or if you're not celebrating after. So given the circumstance of that goal -- and the goal [in the MLS Cup final] -- it makes it a lot better.”