December 12, 2012
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dempsey chosen by Fútbol de Primera
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 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 the 29-year-old Dempsey (29) has won the award, following honors 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.
Dempsey had nine caps this year in which he scored six goals, five of which helped the U.S. to advance to the final qualifying stage for World Cup 2014. He has consistently been one of the best players on the U.S. National Team since his debut in 2004, with 30 goals in 91 games.
Dempsey started his professional soccer career in 2004 with the MLS New England Revolution. In 2007, he went on to play for Fulham FC in the English Premier League until recently when he signed a three year contract with the Tottenham Hotspur.
Created by Fútbol de Primera , the Player of the Year Award has honored 12 different players in its 22 years history:
Landon Donovan (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003 and 2002)
Clint Dempsey (2012, 2011 and 2006)
Kasey Keller (2005, 1999)
Earnie Stewart (2001)
Claudio Reyna (2000)
Cobi Jones (1998)
Eddie Pope (1997)
Eric Wynalda (1996, 1992)
Alexi Lalas (1995)
Marcelo Balboa (1994)
Thomas Dooley (1993)
Hugo Perez (1991)