Clint Dempsey Named US Soccer 2012 Male Player Of The Year

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For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer announced U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey as the 2012 Male Athlete of the Year, Rubio Rubin as the 2012 Young Male Athlete of the Year and Felicia Schroeder as the 2012 Disabled Athlete of the Year.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor awarded to soccer players in the United States. Online votes registered on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.

The Male Athlete of the Year honor is the third for Dempsey, who previously won in 2007 and 2011. Dempsey becomes the second three-time winner of the award, with goalkeeper Kasey Keller also winning three times (1997, 1999, 2005). Landon Donovan, a four-time winner (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010), is the only player to have won more. Donovan and Dempsey are the only players to have won the award on back-to-back occasions.

More on Clint Dempsey Being Named US Soccer 2012 Male Player Of The Year after the Jump…….

Dempsey led U.S. scorers in 2012 with six goals, including five in the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. The forward was also a big part of the USA’s memorable win against Italy on Feb. 29, tallying the lone goal in the 1-0 victory in Genoa. He now has 30 goals in his career, tied with Brian McBride for third all-time. In England, Dempsey concluded his career at Fulham as the team’s all-time leading scorer in the Premier League before moving to Tottenham in August in one of the highest-profile deals ever for an American abroad.

U-17 MNT midfielder Rubin took home the Young Male Athlete of the Year award after he finished among the team’s leading goalscorers with eight goals. His commitment, one-on-one skills, willingness to defend and positive approach to the game help him stand out as a key player for the U-17s as they look toward the U-17 CONCACAF Championship and hopefully a World Cup berth in 2013. A player can only win the Young Athlete award once in his or her career.

Schroeder was named Disabled Athlete of the Year in the first year for the award after helping the USA to a gold medal at the World Deaf Football Championships in July, scoring four goals during the tournament in Turkey. She also plays professionally with Kvarnsveden in the Sweden First Division.

Nominees for Female and Young Female Athletes of the Year will be announced next Monday, Nov. 26, with voting on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page running throughout the week until Dec. 1.

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
1984: Rick Davis
1985: Perry Van der Beck
1986: Paul Caligiuri
1987: Brent Goulet
1988: Peter Vermes
1989: Mike Windischmann
1990: Tab Ramos
1991: Hugo Perez
1992: Marcelo Balboa
1993: Thomas Dooley
1994: Marcelo Balboa
1995: Alexi Lalas
1996: Eric Wynalda
1997: Kasey Keller
1998: Cobi Jones
1999: Kasey Keller
2000: Chris Armas
2001: Earnie Stewart
2002: Brad Friedel
2003: Landon Donovan
2004: Landon Donovan
2005: Kasey Keller
2006: Oguchi Onyewu
2007: Clint Dempsey
2008: Tim Howard
2009: Landon Donovan
2010: Landon Donovan
2011: Clint Dempsey
2012: Clint Dempsey

YOUNG MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
1998: Josh Wolff
1999: Ben Olsen
2000: Landon Donovan
2001: DaMarcus Beasley
2002: Bobby Convey
2003: Freddy Adu
2004: Eddie Johnson
2005: Benny Feilhaber
2006: Jozy Altidore
2007: Michael Bradley
2008: Sacha Kljestan
2009: Luis Gil
2010: Gale Agbossoumonde
2011: Brek Shea
2012: Rubio Rubin

DISABLED ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2012: Felicia Schroeder

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