by: Shawn Clynch
In just two years Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey has gone from a Major League Soccer rookie, to United States World Cup team member, to Honda Player of the Year Award winner.
This is amazing considering Dempsey left Furman University after his junior season and of course the short amount of time it has taken to become one of the elite soccer players in the world.
The annual Honda Player of the Year Award is given to the best United States National Soccer player.
This award is comparable to college football's Heisman Trophy.
On Tuesday in Los Angeles, California Dempsey received this special award with his entire family and girlfriend at the Biltmore Hotel.
Dempsey received 237 points in voting by sports journalists beating out Kasey Keller and Brian McBride.
During Dempsey's acceptance speach he jokingly thanked his brother Ryan saying "thanks for teaching me the game when we were young back in Nac (Nacogdoches) helping those coaches who were not sure of what they were doing."
Dempsey thanked his mother and father by saying "thanks for making those 12-hour trips to Dallas to help me become a better soccer player" and he concluded by thanking his late sister Jennifer Dempsey for being his inspiration.
Clint is a midfielder for the New England Revolution. Dempsey hopes to eventually take his soccer talents overseas and play in the world's top leagues in Europe.