For their victory against world No. 1 ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the United States Men’s National Team was awarded the 2009 ESPY for “Best Upset” at the 17th annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif. The show will be televised on ESPN and ESPN HD on Sunday, July 19 starting at 9 p.m. ET.
As you can see from the photos, several of the players who were part of the memorable run at the FIFA Confederations Cup made their way to L.A. to be a part of the show. Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Sacha Kljestan, Clint Dempsey, Ricardo Clark and Jozy Altidore are pictured above (from left to right), and they were joined by Landon Donovan on stage to accept the award.
Beating out other nominees Mine That Bird (50-1 shot to win the Kentucky Derby), Oregon State (beating then-#1 ranked USC last fall) and the Tampa Bay Rays (winning the American League Championship Series), the U.S. Men’s upset against Spain was chosen through online balloting from sports fans across the nation.
It is the first ESPY for the U.S. Men’s National Team; the U.S. Women won the Outstanding Team award in 2000 for their performance in winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Looks like it was a fun night for everybody, and we can't wait to watch the show when it airs on Sunday!