Altidore voted US Male Player of Year, Pulisic top youngster
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 10, 2016 05:14 PM
United States' Jozy Altidore, right, controls the ball against Costa Rica's Johnny Acosta during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)CHICAGO (AP) — Jozy Altidore has been selected the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year in a close vote over Bobby Wood, and 18-year-old Christian Pulisic was an overwhelming choice as Young Male Player of the Year.
Altidore, a 27-year-old forward who also won the award in 2013, received 32 percent, followed by Wood (30 percent) and Geoff Cameron (15 percent), the U.S. Soccer Federation said Friday. Altidore led the national team with six goals this year despite missing the Copa America with a hamstring injury.
Pulisic received 86 percent to five percent for Jordan Morris and four percent for Andrew Carleton. Pulisic scored twice in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund and at 17 years, 253 days, the midfielder became the youngest goal-scorer in national team history, on May 28 against Bolivia.
Votes were cast by men's national team players who appeared in 2016, men's national team and youth national team coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League head coaches, and select former players, administrators and media.