There was only one thing more impressive than Landon Donovan's four-assist performance Sunday night vs. Chivas USA – he should have had more.
If not for a point-blank save from Dan Kennedy on Robbie Keane and a Marcelo Sarvas strike that rattled the frame, the LA Galaxy captain would have had at least six. In the absence of David Beckham, Donovan's four helpers earned him Week 23's Player of the Week, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (see who and how the media voted here).
The Galaxy star received a resounding 14 out of a possible 17 first-place votes this week en route to his second Player of the Week award in 2012. After a three-goal, two-assist performance in two games vs. Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps, Donovan took home the honor in Week 16.
Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi, Chicago's Chris Rolfe and fellow Galaxy teammate Juninho also received first-place votes this week.
WATCH: Donovan finds Juninho on the back post
2012 MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week 23: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 22: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
Week 21: Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)
Week 20: Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo)
Week 19: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 18: Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)
Week 17: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)
Week 16: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 13-15: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)
Week 12: Emilio Rentería (Columbus Crew)
Week 11: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Week 9: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 8: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 7: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 6: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
Week 5: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 3: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Week 2: David Estrada (Seattle Sounders)
Week 1: Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)