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November 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM

MLS Best XI announced: no Sounders, just a former one

This announced on a league teleconference this morning. Release after the jump:

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Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles Galaxy

Defenders: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake; Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy; Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake

Midfielders: David Ferreira, FC Dallas; Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC; Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union; Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy

Forwards: Edson Buddle, Los Angeles Galaxy; Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

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2010 MLS Best XI Announced

Best XI squad includes nine first-time recipients and all three finalists for the 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP Award

NEW YORK (Tuesday, November 16, 2010) – MLS Commissioner Don Garber today announced the 2010 Best XI during his annual State of the League teleconference call. The Best XI recognizes the League’s top 11 players at each position on the field – one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards – as voted on by media, players, coaches and general managers. Of the 11 players honored, seven were also named to the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star First XI and eight were named finalists for the League’s 2010 year-end awards.

LA Galaxy midfielders Landon Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario are the only two players to have received this honor in previous years while the other nine players are first time honorees.

With his 2010 Best XI honor, De Rosario has been named to five Best XI squads. Only forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder Chris Armas have earned as many, both earning five apiece as well. The 2010 honor is Donovan’s third consecutive Best XI and fourth overall.

In his second full season with the Galaxy, 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts posted a career-high 11 shutouts and finished the regular season with a goals-against average of 0.90. He also currently holds the top spot in the all-time MLS standings with an all-time goals-against average of 0.96.

The Best XI defense includes three first-time honorees, including 2010 Visa Defender of the Year Jamison Olave from Real Salt Lake. Joining Olave are two other first-time recipients, fellow Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers and 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez of the LA Galaxy.

Donovan and De Rosario lead a midfield that features three first time recipients including FC Dallas playmaker, and MVP finalist, David Ferreira, Philadelphia Union standout Sebastien Le Toux and 2010 Real Salt Lake team MVP Javier Morales.

2010 MLS MVP finalists Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes and Edson Buddle from the Galaxy round out the 2010 Best XI. Wondolowski earned the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot this season with 18 goals, while Buddle finished second with 17.

2010 MLS Best XI:

GOALKEEPER (1):Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)

DEFENDERS (3):Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (5):Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)

FORWARDS (2):Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)

Player Bios:

Donovan Ricketts | Goalkeeper | LA Galaxy | Nationality: Jamaica | Born: July 7, 1977

Ricketts joined the Galaxy in 2009 and after being named a finalist for the 2009 Goalkeeper of the Year award, he earned the honor in 2010 after posting a 0.90 goals-against average.

Jamison Olave | Defender | Real Salt Lake | Nationality: Colombia | Born: April 21, 1981

Olave appeared in 27 games, leading Real Salt Lake to a league-low 20 goals allowed and just four losses on the season, equaling the fewest in MLS history.

Nat Borchers | Defender | Real Salt Lake | Nationality: United States | Born: April 13, 1981

After earning RSL’s Most Valuable Player Award last year, Borchers again bolstered the Salt Lake defense as it set the MLS record for fewest goals allowed in a season.

Omar Gonzalez | Defender | LA Galaxy | Nationality: United States | Born: Oct. 11, 1988

The 2009 MLS Rookie of the year had another outstanding season, appearing in 28 of 30 games in 2010 and earning his first MLS All-Star First XI nod.

Landon Donovan | Midfielder | LA Galaxy | Nationality: United States | Born: March 4, 1982

After a busy summer representing the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2009 MLS MVP and three-time MLS Cup winner was named to the MLS Best XI squad for the fourth time in his career.

David Ferreira | Midfielder | FC Dallas | Nationality: Colombia | Born: August 9, 1979

A finalist for 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP, Ferreira joined FC Dallas in 2009 and made his first MLS All-Star team this season. He was second in MLS with 13 assists.

Sebastien Le Toux | Midfielder | Philadelphia Union | Nationality: France | Born: January 10, 1984

Le Toux, who joined Philadelphia from the Seattle Sounders FC as an 2009 expansion draft selection, helped lead Union by supplying 14 goals and 11 assists to their attack this season.

Javier Morales | Midfielder | Real Salt Lake | Nationality: Argentina | Born: Jan. 10, 1980

Morales joined RSL in 2007 and through his consistent play (7 goals, 9 assists in 26 games) was named to a second consecutive MLS All-Star team this season.

Dwayne De Rosario | Midfielder | Toronto FC | Nationality: Canada | Born: May 15, 1978

Currently in his 10th MLS season, De Rosario has won MLS Cup four times and is the only two-time MLS Cup MVP. This is his fourth Best XI selection.

Chris Wondolowski | Forward | San Jose Earthquakes | Nationality: United States | Born: January 28, 1983

A 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP finalist, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner with 18 goals helped lead the Earthquakes to the Eastern Conference Championship game.

Edson Buddle | Forward | LA Galaxy | Nationality: United States | Born: May 21, 1981

The seventh leading scorer in MLS history and a 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP finalist, Buddle scored 17 goals in the regular season and represented the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


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