Wambach, Leroux win U.S. Soccer honors

Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach and UCLA All-American Sydney Leroux on Friday claimed the top player honors from U.S. Soccer, just hours before leading the U.S. women's team into its Olympic qualifying opener.

Wambach, who scored four goals at last summer's Women's World Cup and was a finalist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or women's player-of-the-year award, won the Female Athlete of the Year honor for the fifth time and second time in succession. Only Mia Hamm also has won five times.

Leroux, which was draft first overall by the Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer's draft last week, won the Young Female Athlete of the Year award.

Fulham star Clint Dempsey capured the Male Athlete honor for the second time -- Landon Donovan had won the previous two years -- and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea was the Young Male Athlete winner.