December 9, 2016
Altidore, Pulisic earn U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards
Jozy Altidore has been named the Male Player of the Year and Christian Pulisic Young Male Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Friday night.
Altidore, who will play for Toronto FC in Saturday’s MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders, earned the award in 2013 and was named Young Male Player of the Year in 2006.
"This is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Altidore, who led the U.S. with six goals in 10 games this year. “It's also very humbling when you look at such a talented group of teammates nominated for this accolade along with you. At the end of the day, any success I have had on the field this year is in large part due to their success and contributions."
Altidore received 32 percent of the votes in balloting from coaches and teammates, plus coaches from MLS, the NASL and USL, former players, administrators and media members. Bobby Wood (30 percent) finished second and Geoff Cameron (15 percent) third.
Pulisic, who has been starting for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League, garnered 86 percent of the vote, followed by Jordan Morris (five percent) and Andrew Carleton (four percent).
Altidore, 27, who missed Copa America Centenario with a hamstring injury, scored four goals in World Cup qualifiers, two in the 4-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6 upping his total to a U.S. qualifying record 16. Altidore has scored 10 goals in 23 matches, plus a league playoff record five goals, for Toronto.
Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut in January and at 17 years, 193 days became the youngest player to appear for the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier during a 4-0 win over Guatemala on March 29 in Columbus. Pulisic became the youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga (vs. Hamburg April 17) and score two goals in a Bundesliga match (vs. Stuttgart April 23); the youngest to score a goal for the U.S. (vs. Bolivia May 28); score in a World Cup qualifier (at St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sept. 2); and start a World Cup qualifier (vs. Trinidad & Tobago Sept. 6), totaling three goals and two assists in 11 games.
Year Male Player of the Year Young Male Player of the Year
2016 Jozy Altidore (2) Christian Pulisic
2015 Michael Bradley Matt Miazga
2014 Tim Howard (2) DeAndre Yedlin
2013 Jozy Altidore Wil Trapp
2012 Clint Dempsey (3) Rubio Rubin
2011 Clint Dempsey (2) Brek Shea
2010 Landon Donovan (4) Gal Agbossoumonde
2009 Landon Donovan (3) Luis Gil
2008 Tim Howard Sacha Kljestan
2007 Clint Dempsey Michael Bradley
2006 Oguchi Onyewu Jozy Altidore
2005 Kasey Keller (3) Benny Feilhaber
2004 Landon Donovan (2) Eddie Johnson
2003 Landon Donovan Freddy Adu
2002 Brad Friedel Bobby Convey
2001 Earnie Stewart DaMarcus Beasley
2000 Chris Armas Landon Donovan
1999 Kasey Keller (2) Ben Olsen
1998 Cobi Jones Josh Wolff
1997 Kasey Keller -
1996 Eric Wynalda -
1995 Alexi Lalas -
1994 Marcelo Balboa (2) -
1993 Thomas Dooley -
1992 Marcelo Balboa -
1991 Hugo Perez -
1990 Tab Ramos -
1989 Mike Windischmann -
1988 Peter Vermes -
1987 Brent Goulet -
1986 Paul Caligiuri -
1985 Perry Van der Beck -
1984 Rick Davis -