Clint Dempsey is one of six players nominated for U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Sunday. The Seattle Sounders forward was one of three MLS players to be nominated, joining Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones. Tim Howard, Alejandro Bedoya and Fabian Johnson were the other three players nominated.
The award appears to look only at a player's performance on the national team level and will be voted on through a combination of senior and youth national team coaches, USMNT players who received at least one cap this year, MLS and NASL head coaches, and select media, former players and administrators. The winner will be revealed on Nov. 20 during a live airing of ESPN's SportsCenter.
Dempsey made nine starts for the Stars and Stripes in 2014, scoring three goals. Two of those goals came in the World Cup, including one that came just 29 second into the opener against Ghana. It was the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history.