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Donovan's triple-point effort gets him MLS Player of the Week nod

Landon Donovan
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LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan’s three-point performance earned the American superstar the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award for Week 12 of the 2014 MLS season.

Donovan scored two goals and picked up one assist in the Galaxy’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. He also claimed sole possession of MLS’s career goal-scoring record with 136 tallies.

Donovan assisted on the game’s opening goal in the second minute by sending in a brilliant free kick from distance to Galaxy defender Leonardo who then headed it in from the middle of the box.

In the 49th minute, Donovan fed the ball to teammate Robbie Keane on the right side of the box. Keane then slotted the ball across the goal past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to Donovan who easily finished the scoring play.

Donovan’s second marker came in the 81 minute when he played the ball into Keane down the left flank. Keane tapped it right back to Donovan in the centre of the box and the forward’s left-footed shot beat MacMath to the bottom right corner.

The Galaxy’s next match is against the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).


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