LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan has been named the 2009 MLS Most Valuable Player.

The 27-year old received the MVP award for the first time in his career, adding to the long list of individual honours he already has to his name.

Donovan has had a brilliant year for both club and country, leading the Galaxy to this weekend's MLS Cup final as well as being named USA's Player of the Year.

Donovan received the most votes in a poll of MLS players, general managers, coaches and members of the media to take out the award ahead of FC Dallas' Golden Boot winner Jeff Cunningham and New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph.

In 2009, Donovan was also named in the MLS All-Star for the ninth consecutive time and became fifth on the list of all-time scorers in MLS with 96 goals.