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Finalists for U.S. Athletes of the Year announced

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Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey are among the five finalists for the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Award.

U.S. Soccer announced all the finalists for its four player awards. Michael Bradley and Oguchi Onyewu join Donovan, Howard and Dempsey on the ballot.

Here are the finalists for the U.S. Soccer Athlete Awards:

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Shannon Boxx, Heather O'Reilly, Christie Rampone, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach

YOUNG MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Marlon Duran, Luis Gil, Jared Jeffrey, Brian Perk, Tyler Polak

YOUNG FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Tobin Heath, Christine Nairn, Sydney Leroux, Kelley O'Hara, Katie Schoepfer

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Who gets your votes? Who are you surprised not to see on the ballots?

Share your thoughts below.

38 comments
  • C2

    please, just give the award to donovan and get it over with. i like MVP’s that miss their trademark penalties

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  • Scott

    I’d have to agree with your logic but not your player. Dempsey should win it. Bronze Ball of the Confed Cup and starter in the EPL. Done and Done.

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  • bf

    same here… “athlete” to me implies athletic ability and not necessarily a great player. It’s often used to describe someone who really doesn’t have great skills but relies primarily on speed and strength, rather than smart, incisive play.

    Why not have best U.S. Player?

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  • Real Thoughts

    Can someone inform me as to how Jared Jeffrey made the young male athlete of the year list? He has been HORRIBLE in two straight World Cups. He is awful

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  • Dontreadondeuce

    All worthy candidates, but Dempsey’s rapping ability sets him apart from the rest of the group. Don’t tread on this!!!

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  • Sean M

    Alex Morgan….Hottest girl to ever touch a US jersey (heather mitts is a distant second,and she’s pretty great looking)

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  • Herby

    Got to give it up to the boys with Nebraska roots!

    Jason Kreis leads the “underdog” RSL to the MLS Cup, and now Tyler Polak takes the Young Male Athlete of the Year award….

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  • OmarVizquel

    Honestly. What’s wrong with “Best Male Soccer Player,” “Best Female Soccer Player,” etc? Another in U.S. Soccer’s long line of trying to outsmart the average fan…

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  • jig

    yeah but its a US Soccer Award so I think you have to weigh national team performance a little more heavily. Donovan was better for the US this year than Dempsey. LD baby!

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  • SAY

    Alex Morgan easily should have replaced Mr. Katie Schoepher (Had Corn Rows last year…stupid)………….Alex Morgan should be put their after her U20 year last year, because I dont think she was nominated for 2008. She had the 2nd best goal of the year in all of FIFA Competitions!!!! per fifa.com!!!

    And yes Alex is very good looking. I know her personally and she comes from a great family……btw sorry Sean…she’s got a man already! lol…..and yes he’s a soccer player too

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  • SAY

    Does anyone care about male athletes….does anyone think its a big deal to even win this award for the men??? I personally think it’s because like MOST years….its too predictable of an award….LD gets it.

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  • SAY

    Why is that…. Maybe they should name that team Receding Hairline Football Club? orrrrrrrrrrrrr Hair Club for Men! LMAO

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  • Brian

    How is this different than the award LD already won?

    (SBI-Donovan won the Honda Award, which isn’t an official U.S. Soccer award, it’s a media award voted on by like 300 random media. The U.S. Soccer Award carries much more weight.)

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  • DJ STONE

    Big fan of Tyler Polak. yes he is very solid LB, but mostly because he is from my hometown. Vote Tyler!

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  • Jamie Z.

    Actually, I think the Honda award carries several thousand pounds more weight and a set of keys.

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  • madmax

    Dempsey just score two more for Fulham. He gets my pick now, and if Bradley doesn’t play him up high as withdrawn forward someone else must make that mule drink.

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  • Chris in Belfast

    Just ignore him. American soccer fans have the shortest memories of any. One minute a man is God, the next he’s bubonic plague.

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  • Scott

    Agreed… and LD is our most important player without a doubt. But Bronze Ball winner is hard to ignore. Also- two goals for Duece today! Not that the stat means anything, but he picked a good day to prove my backing of him

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  • Matt

    please Dempsey is not the best player in the usmnt jersey. especially not this year. look at LD stats over qualifying, what was it out of 18 goals he scored 3 and assisted 13-14? and in 2 others he had the pass leading to the assist? i dont remember the numbers but there was only 2 goals scored by the USMMT that he did not directly contribute too, nobody in that jersey compares.

    And on the womens side it has to be hope solo. Shes the ONLY goalkeeper in the world that little miss superstar marta has NEVER scored on, thats amazing in itself.

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