Donovan named to MLS Best XI for record seventh time

Landon Donovan was named to the 2014 MLS Best XI for a record seventh time, joining LA Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane on the team. Only four players -- Bill Hamid, Lee Nguyen, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Obafemi Martins -- are first-time selections.

Donovan, who had 10 goals and league-leading 19 assists to finish as the all-time league leader in both categories, surpassed Dwayne De Rosario, who has been on the Best XI six times.

Keane was named for the third year in a row, while Gonzalez and Portland's Diego Valeri were also repeat selections.  Gonzalez was the only member of the U.S. World Cup team to be selected. The Best XI consists of six Americans and five foreigners. Like Donovan, Thierry Henry is retiring and was named to the Best XI for a third time.
 
MLS players, club leadership and media members voted on the Best XI.
 
Goalkeeper:
Bill Hamid (1), D.C. United (MLS Goalkeeper of the Year)
Defenders:
Chad Marshall (3), Seattle Sounders
Bobby Boswell (2), D.C. United (MLS Defender of the Year)
Omar Gonzalez (4), LA Galaxy
Midfielders:
Lee Nguyen (1), New England Revolution
Landon Donovan (7), LA Galaxy
Diego Valeri (2), Portland Timbers
Thierry Henry (3) New York Red Bulls
Forwards:
Robbie Keane (3) LA Galaxy
Bradley Wright-Phillips (1), New York Red Bulls
Obafemi Martins (1), Seattle Sounders
Note: Number of selections in parentheses.

Other awards went to D.C. United’s Ben Olsen (Coach of the Year) for leading his club to the Eastern Conference regular-season title after it won just three games in 2013, and Portland's Rodney Wallace (Comeback Player of the Year).

3 comments about "Donovan named to MLS Best XI for record seventh time".
  1. John Soares, December 3, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

    Landon Donovan; Midfielder of the year.
    Yet not good enough to make the national team!? :) No, I won't let it die... for at least another week!:)

  2. Bud Freeman, December 4, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

    Where is Dom Dwyer in the voting?!!

  3. James Madison, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

    If I had my picks to put a team together, would take Wondoloski over Martins.

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