Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were named to MLS’ Best XI on Monday during Commissioner Don Garber’s annual state-of-the-league address on Monday afternoon.
The Best XI includes Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, a back three of Sporting’s Matt Besler, SKC's Aurélien Collin, and San Jose Earthquakes’ centerback Victor Bernárdez. The midfield includes Donovan, D.C. United’s Chris Pontius, Seattle Sounders FC’s Osvaldo Alonso, and SKC’s Graham Zusi. And a forward line of Keane, New York Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.
The Galaxy‘s strike partners enjoyed a banner year in 2012 with Keane scoring 16 goals and nine assists. The Irishman’s goal total was the fourth highest in MLS this season. Meanwhile, Donovan finished the regular season with nine goals and 14 assists – the second most in MLS.
With Keane and Donovan’s inclusion, the Galaxy have now had a total of 27 players on the Best XI. LA has had a player on the list the last five straight seasons and 12 times in MLS’ 16-year history.