Getting my vote for the U.S. Player of the Year award is usually a bad omen. And here we are again...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 12, 2012) - U.S. National Team forward Clint Dempsey, was chosen by 183 US journalists as the “2012 Player of the Year Award”, presented by Fútbol de Primera for the last 22 years.
This is the third time Clint Dempsey (29) wins the most prestigious honor given to an US National Team member; he also earned this award in 2011 and 2006. Dempsey received a total of 352 points, while midfielder Michael Bradley (25) finished second with 248 points and goalkeeper Tim Howard (33) placed third with 169 points.
A player receives three points for each first-place vote, two points for each second-place vote, and one point for each third-place vote. In order to be eligible for the Player of the Year Award, a player must have played in a minimum of three (3) games for the U.S. National Team during the calendar year.
- Greg Seltzer