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LA Galaxy's Donovan wins fourth USA Athlete of the Year award

Landon Donovan has been awarded as the USA Men's national team Athlete of the Year for the fourth time.

The LA Galaxy star backs up his 2003, 2004 and 2009 triumphs by being named the 2010 player of the year, becoming the first US player to received the award more than three times.

Donovan starred for the US this year, highlighted by his performances at the World Cup where he scored vital goals against Slovenia, Algeria and Ghana.

Online votes registered at ussoccer.com counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and US Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and the members of the US Soccer Board of Directors and Donovan was delighted to take out the prize.

"I want to thank everyone who chose me for this honor," said Donovan. "I am very proud to have been part of this team and how we represented ourselves this year. For me, the lasting memories from South Africa this summer will be as much about the amazing support we received from fans across the country as our team's performance. It certainly meant a lot to all of us."

Along with Donovan's award, the USA national team had prize for the Women's Athlete of the Year, the U20 Men's Athlete of the Year and the U20s Women's Athlete of the Year.

Washington Freedom's Abby Wambach won the women's award, 19-year old defender Gale Agbossoumonde got the U20s Men's gong and goalkeeper Bianca Henninger got the Women's U20s award.

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