CHESTER, PA - JULY 25: Landon Donovan #10 of MLS All-Stars takes a shot during warmups before the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The LA Galaxy are racking up player of the week honors lately, Landon Donovan being the latest to do so after Sunday night's four assist performance. Donovan was voted MLS Player of the Week for week 23 of the 2012 MLS season by the North American Soccer Writer's association after assisting on every one of the Galaxy's goals as they overpowered Chivas USA 4-0.
Donovan's four assist performance is just the fourth such performance in MLS history. The others to reach this single game total were Carlos Valderama, Chris Henderson, and Dwayne DeRosario. Three assists in one match was Donovan's previous career single season high.
For the first goal of the night, Donovan made a run into the box pulling Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy off his line. Donovan then sent the ball back to Keane who was sprinting toward the penalty spot. Keane controlled the pass and sliced the ball into the goal from six yards out.
In the 64' Donovan again served the catalyst. Carrying the ball up the left sideline, he cut inside and found Juninho with a pass at the top of the box. Juninho placed a floater into the top right corner to double the lead. Just ten minutes later, Donovan was able to sent a chip across the entire ill formed Chivas back line finding Juninho at the far post for the tap in volley to put the Galaxy up 3-0.
Donovan found his fourth assist by sending a cross in from a corner kick that found Omar Gonzalez position in the middle of the penalty area. Gonzalez headed home the final goal of the match.
The award is the fourteenth of Donovan's career, and his second of this season.