By RYAN TOLMICH
With just one international game remaining in the 2014 calendar year, U.S. Soccer has announced a list of six nominees for U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.
Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones have been nominated for the award, which has been awarded since 1984. The winner is set to be announced on Nov. 20 on ESPN’s 4 p.m. SportsCenter.
This year’s award voting will be conducted under a new process, as voters will include U.S. Men’s and Youth National Team coaches, players who have earned a cap this season, NASL and MLS coaches, media members, and former U.S. players and administrators.
Dempsey, who scored a pair of goals at this summer’s World Cup, is a three-time winner having earned the honor in 2007, 2001 and 2012. The field includes another prior winner, Howard, who was recognized in 2008.
The 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year voting will take place in December, while Young Male and Young Female Athlete of the Year nominees will also be announced at a later date.
Who do you expect to win this year’s U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award? Any notable snubs from the nominees?
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