Portland, OR (July 9, 2013) - Cal South alumnus Landon Donovan became the first U.S. Men's National Team player to record 50 career goals and 50 assists when he recorded an assist on Stuart Holden’s goal in the second half as the U.S. topped Belize, 6-1 in their opening Group C match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon. The midfielder notched another assist on Michael Orozco header goal later in the half and also converted a penalty kick for his 52nd career goal.
Donovan made the record books on a night when teammate Chris Wondolowski seemed to upstage him by scoring a hat trick, with all three goals coming in the first half as the U.S. ran away with the match early. But the second half suddenly became the Donovan show. In the 58th minute, Joe Corona drove the ball to Donovan in the left side of the box and Donovan calmly headed the ball back to the top of the six-yard box, where Holden finished smartly with his right foot for his third
career goal and a 4-1 lead.
In the 72nd minute, Donovan recorded his second assist of the match with a left-sided free kick that sailed over Belize’s Daniel Jimenez to Orozco. The central defender, who was making his first appearance of the year, skied for the header to tally his second career goal. The USA increased its lead to 6-1 after Belize’s Ashley Torres was called for a handball in the box. Donovan took the subsequent penalty kick in the 76th minute, slotting his shot into the right
side of the net as Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio guessed the opposite direction.
Donovan, who played for Cal Heat and Cal South's Olympic Development Program in his youth career, made his 146th career appearance with the U.S. Men's National Team, and is coming up fast on all-time leader Cobi Jones (164). Donovan also played in his team-high 29th career Gold Cup game.