Donovan named USSF Male Athlete of the Year

Landon Donovan was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for a record fourth time on Monday. The Los Angeles Galaxy star previously earned the prize in 2003, 2004 and 2009.

The midfielder led the United States national team in goals for the fifth time, netting three during the World Cup in South Africa, and also topped the team in points for the seventh time.

[inline_node:310414]“I want to thank everyone who chose me for this honor,” Donovan said in a statement. “I am very proud to have been part of this team and how we represented ourselves this year.

“For me, the lasting memories from South Africa this summer will be as much about the amazing support we received from fans across the country as our team’s performance. It certainly meant a lot to all of us.”

Gale Agbossoumonde, who earned his first senior-team cap in a friendly against South Africa in November, won 2010 Young Male Player of the Year. Donovan took home that honor in 2000.

Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.

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