BASAs: USMNT Player of the Year
It's election day, and the man who led America in 2006 turned out to be Clint Dempsey according to the US soccer blogosphere. He also won the Honda Player of the Year award. In case you're wondering, the Honda award is voted on by the media. There's also the US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award, which is given out by the USSF and includes 50% fan voting and 50% media/US soccer officials voting. That one is sponsored by Chevrolet (there are also ones for Female Player and young player for both sexes). The Honda is the more prestigious of the two.
I just wanted to post this since it's easy to get the two confused. Indeed, I just checked Wikipedia and Dempsey was listed as having won the Athlete award both on his page and the award's page. I had to change it. I don't believe that one's even been given out yet (last year's wasn't until December). Wikipedia doesn't even have a page for the Honda award, as best I can tell.
Anyway, in this year's Honda award voting the runners up were Keller and McBride. Really, McBride? Onyewu finished ahead of him for third place here. Only the top three were named on half the ballots. No votes for any of the Eddies. What were the odds of that entering 2006?
About Dempsey, I'm not sure he really deserves this. But who else do you give it to? I was the only person who voted Onyewu for first place, because I thought he had the best World Cup. It's not his fault the ref called that penalty against Ghana. Very few guys looked good.
The BASAs end tomorrow:
10/23-Goalkeeper of the Year (Troy Perkins)
10/24-Coach of the Year (Bob Bradley)
10/25-Rookie of the Year (Jonathan Bornstein)
10/26-Defender of the Year (Bobby Boswell)
10/27-Young Player of the Year (Kenny Cooper)
10/30-Midfielder of the Year (Christian Gomez)
10/31-Old Player of the Year (Jason Kreis)
11/1-Forward of the Year (Jeff Cunningham)
11/2-Favorite MLS Player (Clint Dempsey)
11/3-Most Annoying US Soccer Personality (Bruce Arena)
11/7-USMNT Player of the Year (Clint Dempsey)
11/8-MLS Player of the Year