Finalists named for Athletes of the Year

[U.S. SOCCER] Landon Donovan, who has already won the 2009 Honda Award and 2009 Volkswagen MLS MVP Award, is one of the five finalists for the 2009 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. Finalists were also named for the other Athlete of the Year Awards - Female, Young Female and Young Male.

Online votes for the annual award will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. The other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Candidates
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
Clint Dempsey, Forward
Landon Donovan, Midfielder
Tim Howard, Goalkeeeper
Oguchi Onyewu, Defender

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Candidates
Shannon Boxx, Midfielder
Heather O'Reilly, Midfielder
Christie Rampone Defender
Hope Solo, Goalkeeper
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Candidates
Marlon Duran, Midfielder
Luis Gil, Midfielder
Jared Jeffrey, Midfielder
Brian Perk, Goalkeeeper
Tyler Polak, Defender

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Candidates
Tobin Heath, Midfielder
Christine Nairn, Midfielder
Sydney Leroux, Forward
Kelley O'Hara, Forward
Katie Schoepfer, Forward

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