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Buddle cleans up with Galaxy honors

Galaxy forward Edson Buddle might not have won the Golden Boot as Major League Soccer’s top scorer, but he nearly swept L.A. team awards.

The big striker, whose early-season form led to a role on the U.S. World Cup team, won the club’s MVP, Golden Boot and Humanitarian of the Year honors. A media vote determined the MVP and Defender of the Year awards.

All the awards:

MVP: Edson Buddle scored 17 goals, seven of them game-winners, and was the pivotal attacking player as the Galaxy got off to a 10-0-2 start. His only real competition for the award was Landon Donovan, who led MLS with 16 assists. Our vote went to Beckham.

Golden Boot: Buddle’s 17 goals were enough for this statistical award.

Defender of the Year: Second-year center back Omar Gonzalez, who started 28 of 30 games -- he twice missed matches for yellow card-accumulation suspensions -- was solid in the back, especially during Gregg Berhalter’s two extended injury absences. The Galaxy had the league’s second-ranked defense, surrendering 26 goals. Our vote went to Berhalter.

Humanitarian of the Year: Buddle again, for his work with the Refresh Project, Read Across America, the Global Campaign for Education and 1Goal: Education for All campaigns, and for hospital visits and team clinics.