Howard voted US player of year for 2nd time

CHICAGO (AP) — Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Male Athlete of the Year for the second time.

Howard, who had 15 saves in the Americans’ 2-1 overtime loss to Brazil in the second round of the World Cup, also won the award in 2008. He is the fifth multiple winner, joining Landon Donovan (’03-’04, ’09-’10), Kasey Keller (’97, ’99, ’05), Clint Dempsey (’07, ’11-’12) and Marcelo Balboa (1992, ’94).

Howard increased his career total to 55 international wins, two more than Keller’s previous American record.

Votes were cast by the 50 players who appeared for the U.S. this year, select former players, senior and youth U.S. national team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, administrators and media. The result was announced on Thursday.