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Tim Howard wins 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year

Best way to win a major US soccer award? Be a former Metro. Emphasis on former...

He scored how many goals and couldn't make the short list? Timmy reacts to BWP's MVP snub.
He scored how many goals and couldn't make the short list? Timmy reacts to BWP's MVP snub.
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Tim Howard is the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, per the federation's official website.

The former MetroStar was honored on the same day MLS released its end-of-season awards shortlists; lists which include zero current New York Red Bulls. These two facts are unrelated.

This is the second time Tim Howard has won the United States Soccer Federation's top annual honor for a male athlete; he also won this award in 2008.

Other players to have worn the jersey of the MetroStars or Red Bulls and been named US Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year include: Peter Vermes, Tab Ramos, Marcelo Balboa (twice - which is one more than the number of appearances he made for the MetroStars), Thomas Dooley, Alexi Lalas, and Jozy Altidore. None were active players for either iteration of MLS's original New York team when they received USSF's accolade for their work for the national team.

Nor has any one of these players ever scored 27 goals in a single MLS season and failed to make the top three of that year's MVP shortlist, but this fact is no reflection on the quality of their contribution to USMNT.

No news outlet is reporting that Howard held his USSF award aloft and shouted "Dare to BWP!" while waving a flag made of Thierry Henry's collection of black-and-red captain's armbands. No one is suggesting you could see his fury at the Red Bulls' superlative striker's snub in his eyes. It is quite possible the two men have never met.

It is entirely spurious to try to link Tim Howard's reward for his USMNT achievements with Bradley Wright-Phillips's unacknowledged all-time greatness as a single-season goal scorer in MLS.

Well done, Tim!