Not a big surprise for Sounders FC fans, who saw the USMNT star carve up the Seattle defense with three assists and his first goal of the season. He also had the game-winning assist in a 1-0 win at Colorado.
Here’s the release from the league:
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LA Galaxy Forward Landon Donovan Named MLS Player of the Week
Donovan contributes one goal and four assists through two games in MLS Week 7
NEW YORK (May 10, 2010) – LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 7 of the 2010 MLS season. Donovan supplied the game-winning assist in LA’s 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, May 5, as well as a goal and three assists in their 4-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, May 8.
The Galaxy kicked off the week on Wednesday with a game against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Donovan earned his third game-winning assist of the season as in the 21st minute, he sent a free kick to the left corner of the six-yard box for forward Alan Gordon. An unmarked Gordon got underneath the service and placed a header past Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens for the game-winner.
Donovan began Saturday’s 1-goal, 3-assist effort in the 22nd minute of the game as he slipped a pass back to midfielder Michael Stephens, who sent a through ball to forward Jovan Kirovski as he was running towards the top of the area. Kirovski unleashed a rocket of a shot that goalkeeper Kasey Keller was unable to stop, giving the Galaxy a one goal lead midway through the first half and Donovan his fourth game-winning assist.
The Galaxy doubled their lead and Donovan notched his second assist in the 52nd minute. Donovan sent an arching corner kick to the near post, six yards out, and defender Omar Gonzalez got above the defense to place a header just inside the right post.
Donovan’s third assist came off another set piece just five minutes later. In the 57th minute, he placed a free kick, taken from the left side of the field, over the heads of the Seattle defense. The ball bounced just outside the six-yard box and defender Todd Dunivant capitalized on the opportunity by sending a diving header past Keller.
The Galaxy forward has assisted on five of teammate Edson Buddle’s nine goals in 2010 and Buddle returned the favor Saturday by setting up Donovan for his first goal of the season. In the 67th minute, Buddle carried the ball along the right sideline, cut inside toward the 18-yard box, and sent a pass through the box for Donovan running into the area. Donovan redirected the cross just inside the right post from less than six yards out to score the Galaxy’s fourth and final goal of the match.
Donovan has consistently contributed to the LA attack throughout the 2010 season with an assist in all but two of the Galaxy’s eight matches. He currently leads the league in assists with nine.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
2010 MLS Player of the Week Winners
Week 1: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 2: Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution)
Week 3: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Week 4: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Week 6: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Week 7: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)