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
(3), Seattle Sounders Bobby Boswell
(2), D.C. United (MLS Defender of the Year) Omar
(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).