GALAXY: Donovan wins weekly honor
June, 25, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
A rejuvenated Landon Donovan, whose sparkling play led to three goals, two assists and Galaxy victories last week over Real Salt Lake and Vancouver, was voted Major League Soccer's Player of the Week.
It's the 13th time Donovan, who debuted in MLS in 2001, has won the honor, one off Jeff Cunningham's league record, and the first Galaxy selection of the season. The Galaxy captain won four times in 2008 and once in every other season except 2002 and 2004.
Donovan struck twice, including the 68th-minute winner, and assisted Mike Magee's equalizer as L.A. rallied from a two-goal first-half deficit to beat RSL, 3-2, Wednesday night in Sandy, Utah. He converted a penalty kick, assisted Robbie Keane's goal and put the shot on frame that led to Magee's opener in a 3-0 rout Saturday night of Vancouver at Home Depot Center.
“I thought Landon was absolutely fabulous this week,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said after the victory over the Whitecaps. “I think our team needs our three Designated Players playing like Designated Players, and they sure did tonight and made a difference.”
Vancouver coach Martin Rennie also praised Donovan and Keane's electrifying partnership.
“I thought that the movement of their front players was by far the best I've seen since I've been in MLS,” said Rennie, a first-year Whitecaps coach. “The movement of Keane and Donovan, in my opinion, was like world-class. Their movement was fantastic. They caused so many problems the way they came out at the backline and then turned in behind, their pace and penetration. Those guys are really good players, but tonight I thought they were really on form.”
The Galaxy (6-8-2) won three games in an eight-day span to climb out of the Western Conference basement and into fifth place, a point ahead of Colorado and Chivas USA for the final playoff spot. Saturday's game at San Jose will be the midpoint of L.A.'s regular season.