Landon Donovan’s goal and three assists against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday earned the LA Galaxy captain the Player of the Week award as voted on Monday by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 4-0, lifting their undefeated record to an MLS-best 7-0-1 while leaving Seattle in the basement of the Western Conference.
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Donovan started the move that lead to the Galaxy's first goal, laying the ball off to Michael Stephens, who fed Jovan Kirovski. The midfielder's shot was misread by Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller to give the Galaxy the lead. Donovan also served up two set-piece goals in the span of five minutes in the second-half, before scoring the fourth-and-final tally himself in the 67th minute on a nice combination play with Edson Buddle.
The 28-year-old Donovan leads the league with nine assists on the year, just as he prepares to join the U.S. national team for the start of World Cup camp on May 17 in Princeton, N.J.
American fans will be excited to see Donovan seemingly hit form just in time for the 2010 World Cup, which starts in one month in South Africa.
Donovan has now won a total of 11 Player of the Week honors in his career, two shy of Jeff Cunningham’s all-time record of 13. He and Buddle now account for three of the seven Player of the Week awards on the season. They are the only Americans to capture the honor in 2010.
2010 Players of the Week
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (NE Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)