Donovan is the Best in the US

Forward named Player of the Year for record 4th time, but should he be Europe-bound?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2007 6:22 AM CDT
Landon Donovan of the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team poses with his trophy as he is announced as the Honda Player of the Year in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Depending on whom you talk to, Landon Donovan is either the "best ever" American soccer player, or a great player who needs to play in Europe to truly test his mettle. The forward is now the first player to be named Honda Player of the Year four times, says ESPN, and Donovan is proud just "to be in that conversation."

The 25-year-old has the stats to back up his supporters' claims: he secured the all-time assists record in MLS last year, and is currently tied with Eric Wynalda with 34 goals scored for the US team. Donovan, whose talents may be more appreciated in Mexico than among his LA Galaxy fans, says he might play in Europe "someday."