[MLS] Landon Donovan won the 2009 AT&T Goal of the Year, his first MLS goal of the year award in nine years in the league, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad was awarded the Degree Men Save of the Year.
Donovan struck a stunning left-footed volley
that curled into the far left side netting past an outstretched Matt Reis to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead over the Revolution on Aug. 8.
remarkable strike edged a thunderous volley by Real Salt Lake midfielder Clint Mathis and a long-range blast by New England Revolution forward Edgaras Jankauskas.
Onstad's double save against Colorado earned him the first Save of the Year award. With his team ahead 1-0 late in the second half, Onstad stoned Rapids forward Conor Casey on a penalty kick attempt by reaching high with his left hand to parry away Casey's shot.
On the ensuing rebound attempt, Onstad recovered
and saved another shot off the line from Rapids midfielder Terry Cooke. Onstad's save secured a 1-0 shutout for the Dynamo.
MLS Goal of the Year Winners
2009: Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy
2008: Will Johnson - Real Salt Lake
2007: Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago
2006: Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo
2005: Dwayne De Rosario - San Jose Earthquakes
2004: Dwayne De Rosario - San Jose Earthquakes
2003: Damani Ralph - Chicago Fire
Carlos Ruiz - Los Angeles Galaxy
2001: Clint Mathis - MetroStars
2000: Marcelo Balboa - Colorado Rapids
1999: Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United
1998: Brian McBride - Columbus Crew
1997: Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United
1996: Eric Wynalda - San Jose Clash
Degree Men Save of the Year Winners
Pat Onstad - Houston Dynamo