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Adding another prestigious honor to his outstanding career, LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was named the 2009 Volkswagen MLS MVP today.
The 27-year old, nine-year MLS veteran receives the honor for the first time in his career. Widely considered as the best American player ever, Donovan added to his 2009 awards after being named to the MLS Best XI and the winner of the 2009 AT&T Goal of the Year.
Donovan received the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches and members of the media. FC Dallas forward Jeff Cunningham and New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph were the two other finalists for the award.
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Donovan led his club with 12 goals and six assists in 25 games, despite missing a month of the season while at the FIFA Confederations Cup with the U.S. National Team.
Donovan and the Galaxy face Real Salt Lake in MLS Cup 2009 on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision starting at 5:30 p.m. (PT). Donovan is looking to win his fourth MLS Cup. He won two with the San Jose Earthquakes and one with the LA Galaxy.
More information at the MLS website.