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Kellyn Acosta Up For US Soccer's 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year Award

Acosta is a finalist for the 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year award.

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U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2013 Athlete of the Year awards today. Fans can vote for the finalists in five categories - Male, Female, Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Athletes of the Year - on ussoccer.com throughout the week.

FC Dallas' own Kellyn Acosta is up for the Young Male Athlete of the Year. He will go up against two-time nominee Shaquell Moore along with Columbus' Wil Trapp, Colorado's Shane O'Neill and Sporting KC's Erik Palmer-Brown.

Two previous winners are included in the Male Athlete of the Year finalists: goalkeeper Tim Howard (2008) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012). This is Michael Bradley's fifth nomination for the award and Jozy Altidore's second. Both are former winners of the Young Male Athlete of the Year Award (Altidore in 2006, Bradley in 2007). This is the first nomination for defender DaMarcus Beasley since 2007, when he was nominated as a midfielder.

The winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Jozy Altidore, Forward

DaMarcus Beasley, Defender

Michael Bradley, Midfielder

Clint Dempsey, Forward

Tim Howard, Goalkeeper

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

Lauren Holiday, Midfielder

Sydney Leroux, Forward

Carli Lloyd, Midfielder

Alex Morgan, Forward

Christen Press, Forward

Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Kellyn Acosta, Defender

Shaquell Moore, Defender

Shane O'Neill, Defender

Erik Palmer-Brown, Defender

Wil Trapp, Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists

Morgan Brian, Midfielder

Crystal Dunn, Defender

Lindsey Horan, Forward

Mallory Pugh, Midfielder

Cari Roccaro, Defender

U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Finalists

Lexi Heer, Power Soccer

Meghan Maiwald, Deaf Soccer

Rene Renteria, Paralympic Soccer

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