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After turning in a dynamic year for the U.S. men's national team, Clint Dempsey being named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year should come as a surprise to nobody.
Dempsey turned in perhaps his finest year as a professional for both club and country. His three goals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup led all Americans, and he is the only multi-goal scorer of the Jurgen Klinsmann era to date, tallying in friendlies against Honduras and Slovenia.
For Dempsey, it's the second time he has won the award and the first time since 2007. Landon Donovan had won the award the past two years, while Tim Howard took home the honors in 2008.
In addition to Dempsey's honor, Women's World Cup star and veteran forward Abby Wambach was named Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year and a record-tying fifth time overall; Brek Shea took home Young Male Athlete of the Year; and Sydney Leroux won Young Female Athlete of the Year honors.
Voting consisted of 50 percent online fan voting and 50 percent voting from U.S. Soccer coaches, representatives and members of the Board of Directors along with members of the national media.
What did you think of Dempsey's year? Think all of the awards went to deserving players? Who do you see capturing the awards in 2012?
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