Donovan wins again as U.S. Soccer names Athletes of the Year

Donovan wins again as U.S. Soccer names Athletes of the Year

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Donovan wins again as U.S. Soccer names Athletes of the Year

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It's been a season full of individual awards for Landon Donovan, and the Los Angeles Galaxy star added another one to his 2009 tally, as U.S. Soccer named Donovan the Male Athlete of the Year for the third time.

Surprisingly enough, it's the first time Donovan has won the award since 2004, when he won it two years running. This season was one of Donovan's best, as he helped the Galaxy to the MLS Cup and the U.S. qualify for South Africa. With the win, he also equals the award tally of three set by Kasey Keller.

U.S. Women's National Team Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned on the Female Athlete of the Year award after a banner season for both club and country. Solo was named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year, minding net for St. Louis during the WPS' inaugural season. Back in March, she also earned MVP at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Two rising stars earned the Young male and female awards. Luis Gil of the U.S. U-17 squad was named the male recipient, while Tobin Heath of North Carolina and the women's national team rounded out the quartet of winners.

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