For a while, it was looking like Landon Donovan, 32, was going to be remembered for getting left off the roster for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. But now it looks as though he will be remembered as an American soccer legend after the MLS announced today (Jan. 15) that the MVP Award will now officially be called the Landon Donovan MVP Award.
The trophy even features a silhouette of Donovan applied to a sterling silver MLS Crest.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave a special tribute toDonovan prior to the 2015 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, PA. Upon receiving the recognition on stage, Donovan said:
As a child, soccer was merely an outlet for me — a way to express myself. To have this prestigious award named after me is truly unimaginable. Thank you to Commissioner Garber, Major League Soccer and all of the people that have supported me along the way. I am extremely humbled by and proud of this honor.
The former LA Galaxy star played 14 seasons in the MLS before retiring in December.
Donovan is Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in goals (144) and assists (136), along with six MLS Cups (2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014). He is also the U.S. Men’s National Team all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (58).
It wasn’t named after him at the time, but Donovan won the MLS MVP Award in 2008.