Flashy mid-fielder Clint Dempsey was just named as the 2006 U.S. Men's soccer player of the year. This was well deserved, as Dempsey was the only member of the World Cup team who didn't play with his head up his own ass. A special thanks to Bruce Arena for rationalizing a way to play him in 1.5 games.
While I'm on the subject, let me take this chance to once again plug the World Cup. This is one event that you ABSOLUTELY MUST EXPERIENCE before you die. And preferably in your relative youth so you can actually partake in most of the festivities.