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US goalkeeper Tim Howard wins player of year award

  • FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard saves a shot by Belgium during a World Cup round of 16 soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, for his work with the U.S. national team. It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    FILE - In this July 1, 2014, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard saves a shot by Belgium during a World Cup round of 16 soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, for his work with the U.S. national team. It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard gives a thumbs up to supporters after qualifying for the next round of the World Cup soccer tournament following their 1-0 loss to Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, for his work with the U.S. national team.  It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera.  (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

    FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard gives a thumbs up to supporters after qualifying for the next round of the World Cup soccer tournament following their 1-0 loss to Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, for his work with the U.S. national team. It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)  (The Associated Press)

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has won the 2014 Player of the Year award for his work with the U.S. national team.

It is the first time Howard has won the prestigious honor given to a U.S. team member by Futbol de Primera. Howard received 101 first-place votes from a panel of journalists nationwide for a total of 363 points. He beat out Jermaine Jones, who had 160 points, and Clint Dempsey (147).

Howard, 35, made eight appearances for the national team, including some spectacular performances at the World Cup. He made 16 saves in the Americans' 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in the second round in Brazil.

Howard has stepped away from playing for the national team for this season. He is Everton's keeper in the English Premier League.