The 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year nominees are here. Included are last year's winner, as well as two other previous winners, but who will take it home this year? That will be announced on December 9.
It's incredible that Altidore is in this group considering he spent much of the first half of the year dealing with injuries, but he earned his spot with a red-hot second half of the year. His six goals led all U.S. players this year and the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year had two assists to boot as his form for country mirrored his magnificent play for Toronto FC from July on.
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Bradley served as team captain this year and the linchpin in the U.S. midfield. He won Athlete of the Year in 2015, but wasn't in nearly the same form this year.
Cameron was probably the Americans' most consistent player this year. He was a standout in defense from the start of the year to the finish, establishing himself as a clear-cut first choice in center defense. He didn't play in the final two matches of the year due to injury and it was evident how much the U.S. missed him as they lost to Mexico and Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers.
Dempsey won this award in 2011 and 2012, but this wasn't his best year. His three goals at Copa America Centenario led the team, but he also struggled at times and was ruled out for the year in August because of an irregular heartbeat.
Wood had a breakout 2016, establishing himself not only as an option at striker, but maybe the team's best frontman. He scored four goals on the year and showed that he can be an asset even when he's not scoring -- be it stretching defenses wide, creating for others or even pressing from the top.
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