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Donovan claims 2007 Honda U.S. Player of the Year
October 8th, 2007 7AM

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Landon Donovan became the first four-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year Award. The 17-year-old award honoring the best U.S. national team player is voted on by American sports media. Donovan, 25, also won the award in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Donovan scored nine goals for the USA in 2007 and helped it to the Gold Cup title.

Donovan received a total of 413 points, followed by runners-up Tim Howard with 122 points and Carlos Bocanegra with 105 points.

Donovan was presented the key to a new Honda Ridgeline truck and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. donated $5,000 dollars to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks on Donovan's behalf.

The Honda Player of the Year Award has honored 12 different players in its 17 year history: Landon Donovan (2007, 2004, 2003 and 2002), Clint Dempsey (2006), Kasey Keller (2005, 1999), Earnie Stewart (2001), Claudio Reyna (2000), Cobi Jones (1998), Eddie Pope (1997), Eric Wynalda (1996, 1992), Alexi Lalas (1995), Marcelo Balboa (1994), Thomas Dooley (1993) and Hugo Perez (1991).

In 2000, Eric Wynalda was named the Honda Player of the Decade.



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