Tim Howard named as US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been named as the US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year after beating off competition from a number of fellow USMNT stars to claim the award.

Howard beat Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones to the award by picking up 64% of the votes, with MLS duo Jones and Beckerman in second and third places respectively.

The 35-year-old is currently taking a leave of absence from the National team after some incredible displays at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but he certainly earned the award, which he also claimed in 2008.

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2014 saw Howard make eight international appearances in a year which also saw the shot-stopper earn his 100th cap for the USA.

The Everton ‘keeper picked up two Man of the Match awards during the World Cup and set a competition record for most saves in a single match with an extraordinary 16.

Howard 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).

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