U.S. Soccer nominates six players for Male Athlete of the Year
U.S. Soccer selected six nominees, all members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, for Male Athlete of the Year, on Nov. 16.
The players selected were:
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman
- Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya
- Forward Clint Dempsey
- Goalkeeper Tim Howard
- Midfielder Fabian Johnson
- Midfielder Jermaine Jones
Two of the nominees are previous winners of the award. Dempsey is a three-time winner, taking the honor in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Howard was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2008.
Last year’s winner was Jozy Altidore.
Beckerman had eight caps this year, starting seven times. Bedoya played in 11 games, starting 10, and scored a goal in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic on Sept. 3.
Dempsey started all nine of his caps this year, scoring three goals—two of them during the World Cup. He scored 29 seconds into the group-opening win over Ghana and later had a goal in a 2-2 draw against Portugal.
Howard played eight games, recording one shutout, three wins and a 1.15 goals-against average. He set a World Cup record with 15 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium in the round of 16.
Johnson had a goal and an assist in 10 games, all of them starts. Jones also notched a goal and an assists in 10 caps, with both coming during the World Cup. He assisted Dempsey’s opening goal against Ghana and scored against Portugal.
U.S. Soccer has put a new voting process in place this year. Votes will be collected from coaches and staff from the National Team and Youth National Team, men's national team players who earned a cap in 2014, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, as well as select media members and former players and administrators.
The winner will be named at 4 pm EST on Nov. 20, live on ESPN's Sportscenter.