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.