USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard is the 2014 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. The US Soccer Federation announced the award on Thursday after conducting the vote earlier in the week. Howard was key for the USMNT in the World Cup, helping to force extra time in the Round of 16 game against Belgium.
“It’s an honor,” Howard said. “I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”
Howard won the award with 64% of the vote. The voting block was made up of all players with at least one appearance for the USMNT in 2014, US Soccer coaches, MLS and NASL coaches and select players, select former players, administrators, and members of the media.
Jozy Altidore won the award in 2013. Howard also won the Male Athlete of the Year award in 2008.