Donovan is voted top U.S. player a 4th time

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHoward plays for Everton, and Bocanegra for Fulham, both in the English Premier League. Donovan thought it was a significant sign for the future of U.S. soccer that all three of the finalists are still relatively young. Both Howard and Bocanegra are 28. “We’re all stepping up and have a vision of where we want to go,” Donovan said. U.S. coach Bob Bradley said Donovan has had a great career, and he still has a bright future. “It’s incredible what he’s accomplished, and he’s still young,” Bradley said. From news services Landon Donovan captured the Honda Award as U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in a landslide vote, winning for an unprecedented fourth time. The 25-year-old Donovan, honored Friday as the national team’s top player, also received the award in 2002, when he was the youngest winner. He took the trophy in 2003 and 2004, becoming the first player to win it three times. He received 413 points in the nationwide balloting. Goalkeeper Tim Howard finished second with 122 and three-time finalist Carlos Bocanegra was third with 105. Donovan leads the national team with nine goals this year, including a three-goal game against Ecuador and four during the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament during the summer. His penalty kick against Mexico to win the United States’ fourth Gold Cup title was his 34th career goal. That tied him with Eric Wynalda as the leading career scorer for the national team. “I know I have a long way to go,” Donovan said. “There are always constant reminders of how we can get better. I’m constantly challenging myself.” Beckham still ailing David Beckham skipped practice to rest his sprained right knee, but the Galaxy midfielder could play again this season. Beckham will not travel with the team for Sunday’s game at Houston. Mendoza snubbed Chivas USA midfielder Francisco Mendoza believed he had a shot at becoming the first MLS player to be named to the Mexican national team when Mexican newspapers reported Hugo Sanchez was considering Mendoza for “El Tri’s” upcoming exhibition matches. But Mendoza’s name was not included in a list of 33 players revealed by Sanchez Friday. Around the world FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to reintroduce limits on foreigners playing in national leagues, a move which amounts to a direct challenge to European Union authorities. By the 2010-11 league season, Blatter wants to have a system where a team’s starting lineup would have six national players. … World champ Germany returned to the top of the women’s rankings, pushing the U.S. down to second. … Christian Gomez scored early in the second half, giving D.C. United a 1-1 tie with the host Kansas City Wizards. United (16-6-6, 54 points) has a 12-game unbeaten streak.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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