CHICAGO (Nov. 16, 2014) – Six nominees have been selected for 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. The field features members of the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad: goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones and forward Clint Dempsey. The Athlete of the Year nominees were announced on ESPN FC earlier today.
The winner will be named at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 20, live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
- A Look at the Six Nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
- U.S. Soccer’s Athletes of the Year
A new voting process is in place starting this year. Votes will be collected from National Team and Youth National Team coaches and staff, MNT players who have earned a cap in 2014, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.
The 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year nominees and voting process will take place in early December. The Young Male and Young Female Athlete of the Year nominees will also be announced at a later date.
Dempsey is a three-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year winner, earning the honor in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Howard was named Athlete of the Year in 2008.
The U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the first Athlete of the Year honor.