Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan has been named the USA national team's 2009 Player of the Year, the sixth time he has won the award in the last nine years.

The 27-year-old, with a record total of 42 international goals in 120 appearances for the USA, won the annual media vote for the most prestigious individual honour in American soccer, beating Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into second place with Hull striker Jozy Altidore third.

The accolade caps a year in which Donovan helped his country beat European champions Spain to reach the FIFA Confederations Cup final in South Africa before scoring in the final defeat to Brazil, and also netted five goals as the US qualified for next year's FIFA World Cup™ finals.

It is the third year in a row Donovan has landed the award and, in collecting his sixth in total, the Galaxy striker was also named Player of the Decade.