LA Galaxy announce 2016 team awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016) – The LA Galaxy announced today the winners of the club’s 2016 awards. Forward Giovani dos Santos won 2016 LA Galaxy Player of the Year, presented by Herbalife Nutrition, in addition to earning Golden Boot honors. Defender Jelle Van Damme won LA Galaxy Defender of the Year and Gyasi Zardes was named LA Galaxy Humanitarian of the Year. LA Galaxy II forward Jack McBean won LA Galaxy II Player of the Year and Golden Boot honors while goalkeeper Clement Diop won LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year and Lee Nishanian was named LA Galaxy II Humanitarian of the Year. Ethan Zubak was named the 2016 LA Galaxy Academy Player of the year.

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LA Galaxy Player of the Year, presented by Herbalife Nutrition: Giovani dos Santos

In his second season with the Galaxy, forward Giovani dos Santos tallied 14 goals and 12 assists this season in 28 appearances, with 27 starts, including two game-winning goals and two game-winning assists. Dos Santos led a Galaxy offense that scored 54 goals, the most in the MLS Western Conference and the third-most in MLS overall. The Mexican International’s 14 goals and 12 assists made him just one of two players in MLS to tally double-digit goals and assists in 2016, joining last year’s MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC.

LA Galaxy Defender of the Year: Jelle Van Damme

Van Damme joined the Galaxy this offseason from Belgian side Standard Liege and went on to make 28 appearances for LA this season, all starts. Van Damme also led a Galaxy defense that allowed just 39 goals on the season, tied for third-fewest in Major League Soccer, which helped give LA a +15 goal differential, second-best in Major League Soccer.

LA Galaxy Humanitarian of the Year: Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes spent countless hours giving back to the local community and supporting the LA Galaxy Foundation this season. As part of Foundation Fridays with the LA Galaxy Foundation, Zardes helped unveil dedicated soccer fields at Hawthorne Memorial Park, just blocks away from where the Galaxy striker grew up. The Hawthorne native has continued to visit the dedicated soccer fields regularly to support multiple soccer clinics. Additionally, Zardes partnered with the LA Galaxy and Herbalife to launch “Scoring for Scholarships” to benefit college-bound students of South Los Angeles through A Place Called Home.

Golden Boot: Giovani dos Santos

The 2016 LA Galaxy Golden Boot winner is Giovani dos Santos. Dos Santos led the LA Galaxy with 14 goals scored during the MLS Regular Season. Forward Robbie Keane finished in second with 10 goals on the year.

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LA Galaxy II Player of the Year: Jack McBean

Forward Jack McBean earns LA Galaxy II Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after putting in another impression season with Los Dos that saw him tally 15 goals and two assists in just 17 appearances. Despite going on loan during the season, McBean still finished second in the USL Golden Boot race with his 15 goals.

LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year: Clement Diop

Clement Diop appeared in 22 games during the USL Regular Season, making 62 saves with a 70% save percentage along with six shutouts. In net, Diop led Los Dos to a 10-4-8 record in USL while helping the club earn its third-straight USL Cup Playoff berth.

LA Galaxy II Humanitarian of the Year: Lee Nishanian

Lee Nishanian has volunteered in numerous initiatives this season to give back to the local community in Los Angeles. The Los Dos defender has spent time visiting patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, supported the Galaxy’s partnership with St. Baldrick’s by shaving his head and encouraging fans to support the fight against children’s pediatric cancer and spent time volunteering at spcaLA.

Golden Boot: Jack McBean

McBean wins the 2016 LA Galaxy II boot with his 15 goals during the regular season. McBean’s 15 goals finished second in USL despite only playing 17 games.

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Player of the Year: Ethan Zubak

Zubak, 18, was a part of the LA Galaxy’s Blended Learning Program first-ever graduating class this year, earning honors as valedictorian. After leading the LA Galaxy Academy’s Under-17/18 team with 13 goals in 21 appearances during the 2015-2016 season, Zubak signed his first professional contract with LA Galaxy II, where he went on to score twice and add an assist in 22 appearances on the season.

LA Galaxy Team Award Winners

Year

Player of the Year, Presented by Herbalife Nutrition

Defensive Player of the Year

Golden Boot

Humanitarian of the Year

1996

Eduardo Hurtado

Jorge Campos

Eduardo Hurtado

1997

Mauricio Cienfuegos

Robin Fraser

Welton

1998

Cobi Jones

Robin Fraser

Cobi Jones

1999

Kevin Hartman

Robin Fraser

Cobi Jones

2000

Simon Elliott

Danny Califf

Cobi Jones

Marvin Quijano

2001

Ezra Hendrickson

Greg Vanney

Cobi Jones

Mauricio Cienfuegos

2002

Carlos Ruiz

Alexi Lalas

Carlos Ruiz

Mauricio Cienfuegos

2003

Kevin Hartman

Danny Califf

Carlos Ruiz

Cobi Jones

2004

Kevin Hartman

Tyrone Marshall

Carlos Ruiz

Galaxy Team

2005

Herculez Gomez

Tyrone Marshall

Landon Donovan

Kevin Hartman

2006

Landon Donovan

Chris Albright

Landon Donovan

Cobi Jones

2007

Chris Klein

Ty Harden

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

2008

Landon Donovan

Sean Franklin

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

2009

Landon Donovan

Donovan Ricketts

Landon Donovan

Todd Dunivant

2010

Edson Buddle

Omar Gonzalez

Edson Buddle

Edson Buddle

2011

Landon Donovan

Omar Gonzalez

Landon Donovan

Sean Franklin

2012

Robbie Keane

A.J. DeLaGarza

Robbie Keane

Landon Donovan

2013

Robbie Keane

Omar Gonzalez

Robbie Keane

Sean Franklin

2014

Robbie Keane

A.J. DeLaGarza

Robbie Keane

A.J. DeLaGarza

2015

Robbie Keane

Leonardo

Robbie Keane

Todd Dunivant

2016

Giovani dos Santos

Jelle Van Damme

Giovani dos Santos

Gyasi Zardes

LA Galaxy II Team Award Winners

Year

Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Golden Boot

Humanitarian of the Year

2014

Andre Auras

Daniel Steres

Chandler Hoffman

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2015

Jack McBean

Daniel Steres

Ariel Lassiter

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2016

Jack McBean

Clement Diop

Jack McBean

Lee Nishanian

Year

LA Galaxy Academy Player of the Year

2014

Jaime Villarreal

2015

Adrian Vera

2016

Ethan Zubak

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