The United States national team, once the David of international soccer, is growing up. Slowly, but growing. He qualified for his sixth consecutive World Cup last month. He has been in the quarter finals twice, and many people see him as the most formidable rising soccer power. But can he win the world championship?
Facetious headline aside, the three are competing finalist for the 2009 Honda Player of the Year, which recognizes the most important player from the men’s national team. Donovan has won the award five times, including the last two years. Howard is a finalist for the third year in the row, and 19 year-old Altidore is a first-time finalist.