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Donovan Named US Soccer Player of Year for 3rd Year


US soccer's Landon Donovan has been named US player of the year for the third consecutive year. The 22-year-old forward achieved a record in each of those three years.

In 2002, Landon Donovan was the youngest player ever to win the player of the year award, sponsored by Honda. In 2003, he was the first to win in two consecutive years.

Sports commentator, Andres Cantor, announced the winner.

Cantor: "Entering into the history book of the Honda Player of the Year award, Landon Donovan."

Donovan has played the past three years for US major league soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, and, with five goals, tied as the leading scorer on the US national team.

US sports reporters, who select the player of the year, picked DaMarcus Beasley and Carlos Bocanegra as runners-up in the competition. Donavan gave credit to his teammates.

"The national team has grown so much this year, and I'm just a product of how good they do," said Mr. Donovan

The US national team, which tied Jamaica Wednesday night 1-1 in a match in Columbus, Ohio, is assured a berth in next year's six-nation regional finals for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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