Dempsey has won the award three times (2007, 2011, 2012), one short of tying Landon Donovan's tally of four. Yedlin is a first-time nominee, but won the 2014 Young Male Player of the Year award after his stellar World Cup appearances and solid MLS season before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in English Premier League.
The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award has been around since 1984, but the federation introduced a new voting process in 2014 that collected votes from the following: National and Youth National Team coaches and staff, MNT players who earned a cap in 2015, former players and administrators, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, and specific media members.
The other players nominated are: Toronto FC's Michael Bradley (third nomination), Aston Villa's Brad Guzan (first nomination), and Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson (second nomination).
U.S. Soccer will announce the winner of the award on Friday.