LA Galaxy announce 2017 Team Awards

The LA Galaxy announced today the recipients of the club’s 2017 awards following the conclusion of the team’s 2017 season. Midfielder Romain Alessandrini was named 2017 LA Galaxy Player of the Year, presented by Herbalife Nutrition, in addition to earning Golden Boot honors. Ashley Cole was named LA Galaxy Defender of the year and midfielder Rafael Garcia was named LA Galaxy Humanitarian of the Year.

For LA Galaxy II, midfielder Adrian Vera was named Player of the Year, goalkeeper Eric Lopez earned Defender of the Year honors and defender Josh Turnley was named Los Dos Humanitarian of the Year. Forward Justin Dhillon and midfielder Adrian Vera shared Golden Boot honors.

In the Academy ranks, forward Jorge Hernandez was named the LA Galaxy Academy Player of the Year.

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LA Galaxy Player of the Year, presented by Herbalife Nutrition: Romain Alessandrini – Midfielder

Alessandrini finished 2017 one of only four players in MLS to record at least 10 goals and 10 assists on the season. He finished his season with a Galaxy team-high 13 goals and 12 assists, including four game-winning goals and one game-winning assist. He ended the year with 30 appearances and 27 starts for the Galaxy, the third most of any player this year.


LA Galaxy Defender of the Year: Ashley Cole – Defender

In his second year with the Galaxy, Cole became the club’s most consistent defender, making 29 appearances – all starts – during the 2017 MLS Regular Season. In addition to his play along the Galaxy backline, Cole also recorded a goal and two assists on the year. His 29 MLS starts in 2017 led all Galaxy defenders and were tied with Emmanuel Boateng for the team lead among all players this year.


LA Galaxy Humanitarian of the Year: Rafael Garcia – Midfielder

Garcia was an extension of the LA Galaxy Foundation all season, going beyond his commitment to the club and recognizing a larger commitment to the community. Always the first player to volunteer for any community event, Garcia spent countless hours giving back to the community, including working events for Read Across America Celebration, LA Galaxy’s Youth Development Camp, Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup and Special Olympics Young Athletes Festival, among others. He was also an LA Galaxy Special Olympics Unified mentor and guest motivational speaker.


Golden Boot: Romain Alessandrini – Midfielder

In his first season with the Galaxy, the Frenchman tallied 13 goals to lead LA on the year. Forward Giovani dos Santos finished in second with six goals this season.

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LA Galaxy II Player of the Year: Adrian Vera – Midfielder

Vera led Los Dos in appearances and minutes this season, recording six goals and two assists on the year, tying as the team’s leading scorer. Vera established himself as an important piece of LA Galaxy II’s strategy throughout the campaign, building on the seven appearances he made in the 2016 season.


LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year: Eric Lopez – Goalkeeper

In 2016, Lopez made one appearance: he subbed on for an injured Bennett Sneddon to make his professional debut. This season, Lopez worked himself into the goalkeeper rotation to make 12 appearances across the campaign. He earned his first professional shutout this season in a road win against RGVFC at the age of 18.


LA Galaxy II Humanitarian of the Year: Josh Turnley – Defender

Struggling with injuries in his second season with the club, Josh Turnley stepped up off the pitch, spending numerous hours helping LA Galaxy Foundation in their community efforts. He volunteered and made appearances at several Foundation events, including Shoes That Fit, Community Clinic with United Heroes League at March Air Reserve Base, Special Olympics Young Athletes Festival and the LA Galaxy II Pediatric Cancer Night with the Jessie Rees Foundation.


Golden Boot: Justin Dhillon – Forward, Adrian Vera – Midfielder

Dhillon and Vera split the Golden Boot Award with six goals each. The year marked Dhillon’s first campaign, as he joined Los Dos ahead of the year after four seasons at Cal Poly. Vera, who signed with LA Galaxy II in 2015, scored six goals after setting a career high for appearances in a season.

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Player of the Year: Jorge Hernandez – Forward

Hernandez, 16, impressed enough across the organization to earn multiple call-ups to LA Galaxy II this season. He made 13 appearances for Los Dos in 2017, collecting more caps than any other LA Galaxy Academy member this season and all-time. He also excelled in the Academy ranks, helping lead the LA Galaxy Academy U-17/18s to the championship match of the USSDA Playoffs. In July, he was named the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Western Conference Player of the Year for his age division.

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

2017

Romain Alessandrini

Ashley Cole

Romain Alessandrini

Rafael Garcia

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

2017

Adrian Vera

Eric Lopez

Adrian Vera, Justin Dhillon

Josh Turnley

 

LA Galaxy Academy Team Award Winners

Year

LA Galaxy Academy Player of the Year

2014

Jaime Villarreal

2015

Adrian Vera

2016

Ethan Zubak

2017

 Jorge Hernandez

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