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They're All Winners

The USSF has named.....

MF-F Clint Dempsey male athlete of the year.
F Abby Wambach female athlete of the year.
MF Michael Bradley young male athlete of the year.
F Lauren Cheney young female athlete of the year.

(Online voting accounted for 50 percent of the tally, with media and USSF representatives contributing the other half.)

On the subject of the men's national team, expect an announcement late next week concerning the roster for the first training camp of 2008, which begins around Jan. 4 at Home Depot Center leading to a friendly with Sweden on Jan. 19. Two dozen players are expected, mostly from MLS teams as European commitments rule out many candidates. We've already heard that Zach Wells, DCU's new goalkeeper, will be there. Also expect a few players from Scandinavian leagues that are on break -- perhaps Dan Califf, Jeremiah White, Adin Brown, etc. Several young players will be omitted in order to attend under-23 camp later next month.

As you are well aware, a full U.S. squad will face Mexico in Houston on Feb. 6, which is an international fixture date. The USSF is also looking to finalize a friendly during another international slot on March 26 -- three days before the MLS openers. Matches already set for that day include England-France, Italy-Spain, Czech Republic-Denmark, Mexico-Portugal, Netherlands-Austria, Germany-Switzerland, Turkey-Ukraine and Costa Rica-Peru.

The fed is also hopeful of scheduling a friendly or two on the road in late May-early June against Euro '08 finalists.

Who would you like to see in USA camp next month? (Keep in mind the player pool limitations mentioned above.)

By Steve Goff  |  December 20, 2007; 5:36 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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