November 2, 2011
CLINT IS THE MAN
Dempsey named Futbol de Primera's U.S. player of the year
SAN FRANCISCO – For the second time in six years, U.S. National Team forward Clint Dempsey was named the winner of the Futbol de Primera 2011 Player of the Year Award, it was announced on Wednesday.
|Foremr New England Revolution midfielder Clint De,mpsey has been named the Futbol de Primera 2011 Player of the Year Award,
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The award has been presented by Futbol de Primera since 1991. FDP said that 202 journalists participated in the balloting.
The 28-year-old Dempsey, who plays for Fulham (England), received 375 points (of which 297 points came from first-place votes), while goalkeeper Tim Howard, finished second with 252 points and forward Landon Donovan placed third with 191 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. To be eligible for the award, a player must have played in a minimum of three games for the U.S. National Team during the calendar year.
Dempsey has earned 12 caps this year, scoring four goals. He has tallied 23 goals in 80 games with the U.S. National Team.
Created by Fútbol de Primera, the award has honored a dozen players in its 21-year history:
Landon Donovan (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003 and 2002), Clint Dempsey (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) and Hugo Perez (1991).