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Donovan tops poll for U.S. all-time Best XI

Updated: 2013-12-21 15:49
( Agencies)

Donovan tops poll for U.S. all-time Best XI 

United States' Landon Donovan celebrates after their 2-0 victory over Mexico in their FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match in Columbus, Ohio September 10, 2013. [Photo/Agencies] 

United States' record goalscorer Landon Donovan has topped the voting in a poll to choose the U.S. all-time Best XI for the U.S. Soccer Federation's 100th anniversary celebrations.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward, who has played for Bayer Leverkusen and on loan at Bayern Munich and Everton, got 52 votes from a committee of historians, ex-players, coaches and the media, the U.S. governing body said on Friday.

Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders, second top scorer on the all-time list with 36 goals for his country behind Donovan's 57, is the only other Best XI player still representing the U.S.

The 30-year-old Dempsey, who joined the Sounders last August from Tottenham Hotspur, will return to his former club Fulham on loan in January, the English Premier League club said on Friday.