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Donovan puts on show in Seattle
by Ridge Mahoney, May 9th, 2010 2:17AM
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TAGS:  chicago fire, los angeles galaxy, mls, san jose earthquakes, seattle sounders, toronto fc


[MLS] Landon Donovan showed he's still the main man with Los Angeles, scoring one goal and assisting on the other three goals to lead the unbeaten Galaxy to a 4-0 win at Seattle. Donovan earned Soccer America's top honors in its Saturday's Three Stars awards, ahead of San Jose's Bobby Convey and Toronto FC's O'Brian White.

1. LANDON DONOVAN (Los Angeles).

The Galaxy seriously dented Seattle’s pride and confidence by blasting the Sounders, 4-0, at Qwest Field. Seattle blanked Edson Buddle but couldn’t stop anybody else, especially Donovan, who scored the fourth goal after creating the first three. He earned an assist on a long-range Jovan Kirovski shot that somewhat swerved through the hands of Kasey Keller, and then set up the next two goals on set plays. Defender Omar Gonzalez rose above the Sounders to head in Donovan’s corner kick off the underside of the crossbar, and backline mate Todd Dunivant got into the act by knifing in front of goal to nod home a Donovan free kick. Buddle did get an assist -- his second of the season -- by sending Donovan -- after this night the league’s leader with nine assists -- clear to rattle in the fourth goal.

2. BOBBY CONVEY (San Jose).

The Quakes blasted four goals, with Convey assisting on three of them, past New York goalie Bouna Coundoul in a 4-0 rout after the Red Bulls went down to 10 men via a red card to Luke Sassano in the 13th minute. Convey earned the primary assist on the first goal with a superb chip from near the left touchline that dropped right into the run of Ryan Johnson, who rolled a low shot into the net. A pass from Convey started the sequence that Joey Gjertsen polished off with a shot that slipped under Coundoul, and defender Bobby Burling – deputizing for high-scoring teammate Ike Opara – headed home a Convey corner kick to complete a 4-0 rout.

3. O’BRIAN WHITE (Toronto FC).

The former UConn striker scored a goal and set up another as a relentless TFC second-half attack blew away Chicago, 4-1, in fierce winds at BMO Field. White started the sequence for Toronto’s second goal by playing a ball wide just outside the penalty area, then racing into the box to poke Dwayne De Rosario’s return pass just over the goal line. In the 66th minute, White set up the goal that iced the game by nicking the ball past a defender on the right side and pushing forward to center a ball that Chad Barrett banged home for the first of his two goals. White nearly made it five with 10 minutes left but Andy Dykstra saved his shot.

Honorable mention: Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston), Ryan Johnson.

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