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Monday afternoon links
   December 22, 2014 (12:34 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links to catch up from the last week.  Also, this site could be a little slow this week due to the holidays (happy holidays everyone!).  But here are some links.

It looks like DeAndre Yedlin is going to get his UK work permit and will be joining Tottenham in January.

As expected, Brek Shea signed with Orlando City.

It looks like the Freddy Adu experiment in Serbia has failed.

Mix Diskerud could be signing with Tijuana or not.  He is being vague like always.

Omar Salgado was traded from Vancouver to NYCFC with the rumor that he would be transferred to “an international team.”  That team looks to be Tigres.

While he wouldn’t be eligible to play for the US for a while, it looks like the US is going to miss out on Diego Fagundez.

After playing 12 games for GAIS in Sweden this past season, Ariel Lassiter returned to the US and signed with LA Galaxy II last week.

Jack McBean has already been in England training with Charlton Athletic and now it looks like he is going to trial with Scottish side Hibernian.

Alejandro Bedoya was named Nantes Player of the Month by the club’s supporters.

Will John was last seen scoring goals for AZAL in Azerbaijan in 2014 and now he can be found in Morocco with MAS Fez.

The USMNT finished 2014 with a #27 rank in the latest FIFA world rankings.

The US U-20 team is down in Honduras and won 2-1 yesterday with Lynden Gooch scoring this back heel for the winner.

The US U-17 team got in a bench clearing fight with Tottenham’s U-18 team last week.  Here is some video.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has re-signed with Tottenham despite some interest from Arsenal.  He also scored for Tottenham’s youth team while the team was in Florida last week.

And finally, Marc Pelosi is playing again for Liverpool’s U-21 team after some injuries.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Ariel Lassiter, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Freddy Adu, Jack McBean, Lynden Gooch, Marc Pelosi, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Dom Dwyer, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenny Saief, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, Nate Weiss, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Santiago Castano, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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CONCACAF announces Gold Cup venues and dates
   December 16, 2014 (12:09 PM) by Howie Michaels

The reigning champions from the USA will anchor Group A and play group stage matches:

Tuesday, July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Friday, July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Monday, July 13 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS

Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, and East Rutherford will combine to host the knockout rounds in some way.

The rest of the schedule:

Seeded Nations
Group A – United States
Group B – Costa Rica
Group C – Mexico

Group Round
July 7 (Group A) – Dallas – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)
July 8 (Group B) – Los Angeles – StubHub Center (Carson, CA)
July 9 (Group C) – Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
July 10 (Group A) – Boston – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA)
July 11 (Group B) – Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
July 12 (Group C) – Phoenix – University of Phoenix Stadium (Phoenix, AZ)
July 13 (Group A) – Kansas City – Sporting Park (Kansas City, KS)
July 14 (Group B) – Toronto – BMO Field (Toronto, ON)
July 15 (Group C) – Charlotte – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Of note: Toronto, probably North America’s finest city, hosts a doubleheader, marking the first time since 2003 that Gold Cup matches will be held outside the United States.

Categories: US Men's National Team

US Soccer confirms seven friendlies for 2015
   December 10, 2014 (6:10 AM) by Matt Benson

Remember those friendlies Grant Wahl reported on over the weekend?  US Soccer officially announced seven of them yesterday.

Categories: US Men's National Team

A bunch of links for Tuesday
   December 9, 2014 (12:30 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of random stuff for you.

The big news of the weekend was that Terrence Boyd tore his ACL again.  Talk about some crappy luck as he was just getting back into form.

Here is what the first half of 2015 looks like for the USMNT.

In the event you missed this post from last Friday, here are two things on DeAndre Yedlin.

Steven Goff is reporting that US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen is close to signing with Freiburg in Germany.  Freiburg currently have Caleb Stanko on their roster and used to have Eric Lickert until this past season.

Tim Howard was named Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year last week.  The award is given to the top USMNT player each year and voted on by various journalists.  This was Howard’s first year winning the award.

Howard has also been in the news lately due to his new book.  ESPNFC got some exclusive excerpts from the book.  In Part 1, he claims Brad Friedel didn’t help him get his UK work permit (The PFA came out saying Friedel didn’t send in anything with regard to denying Tim Howard a work permit).  In Part 2, he talks about Jurgen Klinsmann micromanaging the USMNT.

Greg Seltzer gives us some teams (or at least some leagues) interested in Mix Diskerud’s services.  Diskerud is also talking to Rosenborg.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk will be without Andrew Jacobson next season as he returned to NYCFC after his loan ended.  And it looks like Michael Stephens is leaving the club to sign with the Chicago Fire according to one report out of Norway.

Shane O’Neill returned to the US after training/trailing with Sheffield Wednesday.  They will keep an eye on him and he picked up a shoulder injury in the last training session.

Omar Salgado was traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to NYCFC, but he is expected to be transferred out to an unnamed international club.

Josh Gatt has no timetable of an official return to the field, but he is expected to re-join Molde for preseason training and possibly miss the first few games of the season.  Gatt suffered a second ACL-related injury last season.

Fresh off one of the humorous moments of Sunday’s MLS Cup, A.J. Soares wants to test things in Europe and holds an Italian passport.

Soon-to-be-winter-silly-season rumor of the week, Southampton are eyeing Lee Nguyen.

The Liga MX Apertura final will feature Tigres (Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez) against Club America (Ventura Alvarado).

And here are two reminders that Jermaine Jones is awesome: Reason 1 and Reason 2.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Jacobson, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Lee Nguyen, Michael Stephens, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Shane O'Neill, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Zack Steffen

More USMNT friendlies for 2015
   December 8, 2014 (11:58 AM) by Matt Benson

News is slowly coming out regarding the USMNT’s schedule for 2015 and now Grant Wahl has learned about a bunch more games.  The German Football Federation has already announced one friendly for June and there was some chatter recently that the US would play the Netherlands around the same time.  But here is what Wahl and have been able to find out so far.

January 28: At Chile

February 8: Panama at the StubHub Center in Carson, California

March FIFA dates: At Denmark, at Switzerland.

April 15: Mexico (in the U.S.).

June FIFA dates: At the Netherlands (expected to be in Amsterdam); at Germany (expected to be in Cologne).

CONCACAF Gold Cup: July 7-26.

First September FIFA date: 2017 Confederations Cup playoff (if necessary).

Three other games are expected to be finalized in June and early July, as well as the second FIFA date in September.

And according to Ives, it sounds like the US-Mexico game for April has a good chance of taking place in San Antonio.

Those are some decent games and it looks like Jurgen Klinsmann really wants to beef up the schedule with all those road games.  That all said, US Soccer hasn’t officially announced any of these games, but they have told Wahl and other reporters about the games.

Thoughts on the potential 2015 slate of games?

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Breaking Down Jurgen Klinsmann’s Options for 2015 USMNT January Camp
   December 3, 2014 (6:15 AM) by John D. Halloran

United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann hasn’t been shy when it comes to sharing his opinion of Major League Soccer, but one bonus MLS’s spring-to-fall calendar gives USMNT fans is the team’s annual January camp.

Traditionally known as “Camp Cupcake”, the January camp gives lesser-known MLS players a chance to break into the USMNT player pool. In recent years, the camp has led to the “discovery” of players like Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron—who used the off-season camp to eventually break into the USMNT’s regular lineup.

When the January camp convenes this winter, Klinsmann will be on the lookout for players that can help the team both in the immediate future, with an eye on the 2015 Gold Cup, and younger players who might be of use later in the 2018 World Cup cycle.

Here’s a look at who might be on the roster.


When Klinsmann sits down to sort out his selections at goalkeeper, his choices will be pretty clear cut. While Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan will be unavailable due to his club commitments, the pool of goalkeepers will still include frequent call-ups Nick Rimando, Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.

Rimando seems to be the de facto No. 2 for the U.S. at the moment, but Klinsmann did use the November friendly against Ireland to give Hamid some much-needed international experience. However, Hamid, and the U.S. defense, didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory against the Irish, losing 4-1.

Klinsmann might call it quits after calling in Rimando, Hamid and Johnson, as no other MLS keepers seem to have a realistic shot at breaking into the U.S.’s goalkeeper pool any time soon. But the coach may decide to use the off-season camp to take a look at outsiders Steve Clark, Luis Robles, or perhaps even Bobby Shuttleworth—all of whom have enjoyed strong seasons in MLS in 2014.

Locks: Rimando, Hamid, Johnson

In the discussion: Clark, Robles

Long shot: Shuttleworth

Center Backs

With Jermaine Jones and Omar Gonzalez available, Klinsmann has at least one solid center-back pairing to call on. The big question will be whether the coach calls in Matt Besler, who has been a shadow of his former self since the World Cup. Perhaps having two months off between the end of the MLS season and the January camp will be enough for Besler to recover his form and fitness, or perhaps Klinsmann will just give him the winter off completely.

The other obvious choices are Matt Hedges and Chris Schuler. Schuler looked on track to receive a call-up last January, but required surgery at the end of 2013 MLS season and ultimately wasn’t available.

Maurice Edu could also see a call-up as a defender. He played center-back for the Union quite a bit this season and has been used by Klinsmann at the position before.

Outside contenders include 2014 Defender of the Year Chad Marshall and the Colorado Rapids’ Shane O’Neill. Marshall is 30 years old and likely won’t be a serious choice come 2018, but deserves consideration simply for his 2014 MLS campaign. As far as O’Neill, no one on the Rapids seems deserving of a call-up considering the second half of their 2014 MLS campaign, but O’Neill is obviously still on Klinsmann’s radar considering comments made by the coach during the November camp (who said the 21-year-old dual international with choose the U.S. over Ireland).

One last option could be D.C. United rookie Steve Birnbaum, who finished third in MLS’s Rookie of the Year voting.

Locks: Jones, Gonzalez

In the discussion: Besler, Hedges, Schuler, Edu

Long shots: Marshall, O’Neill, Birnbaum

Outside Backs

When it comes to left and right-backs, the U.S. is going to be a little thin come January as most of the U.S.’s best options at the positions play abroad.

DaMarcus Beasley is the U.S.’s best option out of MLS at left-back. After that, the list gets pretty short. Robbie Rogers could be up for a recall to the team—he hasn’t earned a cap since 2011—after flourishing at left-back for the LA Galaxy since Bruce Arena pushed him into the back line earlier this year. Seth Sinovic and Chris Klute, who were both called in for the 2014 January camp, could also make their way back into the squad.

On the right, it seems likely that DeAndre Yedlin won’t be available—assuming his move to Tottenham goes through. That will leave Klinsmann with no experienced options, other than a possible call-up for Yedlin’s club teammate Brad Evans. One other recall could be A.J. DeLaGarza, who, despite normally playing at center-back for the Galaxy, can certainly handle the duties on the right and has done so on several occasions for the Galaxy this season. In the Galaxy’s recent playoff victory over Real Salt Lake, DeLaGarza showed his ability to contribute to the attack when deployed wide with this fantastic run forward to assist on Landon Donovan’s opening goal.

The remaining options are highly-touted, although internationally unproven, prospects Andrew Farrell and Sheanon Williams.

Locks: Beasley

In the discussion: Yedlin, Rogers, Evans, DeLaGarza, Farrell

Long shots: Klute, Sinovic, Williams

Center Midfielders

Assuming Michael Bradley is fully recovered from his recent foot surgery, he’s a lock, as is Kyle Beckerman. Many might consider Beckerman too old for the new cycle, but Klinsmann proved in the November friendlies that he still considers the RSL man a key player in the U.S.’s player pool.

Lee Nguyen used his first call-up in five years with a bright 10-minute cameo against Colombia and should also be back in the mix. Many fans are excited to see him get an extended run out in the No. 10 role.

A surprise inclusion could also be Mix Diskerud, who is currently out of contract and might be in camp if he hasn’t signed with a club by then (or signs with an MLS club).

After that, Klinsmann will likely use the January camp to bring in a few youngsters, including Luis Gil and Wil Trapp (if you haven’t seen these comments by French legend Thierry Henry about Trapp, do yourself a favor and watch it now).

Long shots at center mid include Dillon Powers, Amobi Okugo, Dax McCarty, Benny Feilhaber and Perry Kitchen.

Locks: Bradley, Beckerman, Nguyen

In the discussion: Diskerud, Gil, Trapp

Long shots: Powers, Okugo, McCarty, Feilhaber, Kitchen

Outside Midfielders

Like outside back, many of the U.S.’s best options at outside mid play overseas. World Cup veteran Graham Zusi should be back with the team, but after him, it’s anyone’s guess.

It seems likely that MLS youngsters Harry Shipp, Kelyn Rowe and/or Luis Silva could all be in for their first call-ups. All have had impressive MLS campaigns in 2014, but Rowe seems the most likely option at this point.

Most fans would consider a recall of Brad Davis to be a waste of a roster spot, but Klinsmann has already proven in the U.S.’s post-World Cup friendlies that he is willing to keep the veterans around for the time being. The coach could also reward Lamar Neagle for his strong season with the Sounders.

Youngster Dillon Serna might be a contender for a roster spot, although it seems unlikely.

One other unlikely call-up could be Brek Shea. Considering that Shea has fallen out of favor with numerous clubs in Europe, he could be on track for a January move back to MLS and, in the past, he has proved to be one of Klinsmann’s favorites with the USMNT.

Locks: Zusi

In the discussion: Shipp, Rowe, Silva, Davis, Neagle

Long shots: Serna, Shea


Assuming Klinsmann doesn’t think Clint Dempsey needs a break, he should be in camp. He’ll likely be joined—to the chagrin of most fans—by Chris Wondolowski, who the coach still sees worthy of not only call-ups, but playing time.

Newbies Miguel Ibarra and Jordan Morris should also be in and be given an opportunity to stake their claim to more playing time heading into 2015.

One participant could also be Jozy Altidore, but that would only happen if he makes a January move back to MLS. On that note, Juan Agudelo, who is still out of contract, could be a possibility.

Gyasi Zardes seems in line for a call-up after a strong MLS season in 2014. After that, there will be several retreads in competition for spots, including Charlie Davies, Teal Bunbury, Will Bruin and Jack McInerney. Bruin and McInerney didn’t really have the kind of seasons to merit a call-up, but Davies and Bunbury have been key to the New England Revolution’s attack and strong end-of-year form.

MLS Rookie of the Year and dual national Tesho Akindele could be in camp as well, especially after it was widely reported that he was going to be called in for the November friendlies and snub Canada for the U.S.

Locks: Dempsey, Wondolowski

In the discussion: Ibarra, Morris, Zardes, Davies, Bunbury, Akindele

Long shots: Altidore, Agudelo, Bruin, McInerney

Categories: US Men's National Team

Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Friday USMNT tidbits
   November 28, 2014 (8:36 PM) by Matt Benson

A couple things for those of you waking up from your post-shopping/Turkey nap.

* Much like the rumor from a couple weeks ago, Germany’s Football Federation announced a friendly against the US for June 10, 2015 to be played in Cologne.  Germany has a Euro qualifier against Gibraltar three days later so we should expect a full strength German roster.  And as we learned from Grant Wahl’s SI article from two weeks ago, US Soccer doesn’t like to announce friendlies until contracts have been signed so I am guessing it isn’t 100% official but it getting closer.

* The latest FIFA rankings came out today and the US has dropped five spots to #28.  It is the US’s worst ranking since being ranked #28 in June of 2013.  And the US is still the third-highest ranked CONCACAF team with Costa Rica coming in at #16 and Mexico at #20.

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Tim Howard named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
   November 21, 2014 (7:45 AM) by Matt Benson

The various actual voters must have read our poll as Tim Howard was named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year yesterday.

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2014) – Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. This is Howard’s second time winning AOTY, previously earning the honor in 2008.

The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran becomes the fifth player to win Male Athlete of the Year on multiple occasions, joining defender Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 and 2005), forward Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012).

“It’s an honor. I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there,” Howard said on SportsCenter. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Men’s National Team players earned a cap in 2014, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.

Howard received 64 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Jermaine Jones (19 percent) and Kyle Beckerman (11 percent).

In honor of his win, US Soccer has put up this photo gallery and this video:

Categories: Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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