Tim Howard has another accolade to add to his list of many after being named the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, according to ESPN.
The goalkeeper beat out five of his teammates to win the honor, getting the most votes. He was visibly humbled by the honor as he spoke via ESPN’s Sportscenter.
“It’s pretty special to have my name up there with the greats,” Howard said.
Jermaine Jones received 19 percent of the votes, but the Howard ran away with the award with 64 percent. He gained national prominence this summer during the 2014 World Cup. He had a stellar 2014 season in which he led the national team to three wins, three losses and and a draw.
Against Nigeria in a friendly exhibition, he notched his 100th start for the U.S.
His long tenure as the anchor of the team took it’s toll enough that Howard is taking a year off from the sport to be with his family. It’s a decision he doesn’t regret, though he’s eager to resume once the break is over.
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