Donovan, now 32, owns the USMNT's record for goals (57) and assists (58) and is second on MLS's career assists list with 117, 18 off Steve Ralston's record.
"I'm in a different phase. I don't judge how I play based on if I score," the former Everton star told mlssoccer.com. "I mean, I've played a lot of bad games in my life where I score a goal, and you feel like, 'Oh, I'm great,' but I'd rather continue to play well and not score, if that's what happens.
"I think for myself, I deserve to score. I deserve to get myself in good position to score, so hopefully it happens this weekend."
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