Altidore, Pulisic win U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Awards

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

U.S. Soccer announced two of their year-end award winners late Friday. Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore has earned U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Male Player of the Year award. Meanwhile, BVB Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has received the 2016 Young Male Player of the Year award after his phenomenal professional debut season.

Altidore receives the award after scoring six goals and providing two assists in ten caps with the United States throughout the year. Furthermore, the 27-year-old striker tallied 21 goals and 11 assists in 38 contests for both club and country.

Preparing for the 2016 MLS Cup Final, Altidore commented on his win, acknowledging his appreciation for the award.

“This is truly an honor to receive this award. It’s also very humbling when you look at such a talented group of teammates nominated for this accolade along with you,” Altidore said. “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 narrowly won the award, only beating runner-up Bobby Wood by two percent. The top three nominees were Altidore (32%), Wood (30%), and Geoff Cameron (15%).

Meanwhile, teenage sensation Pulisic blew away the competition, receiving 81 percent more votes than second place Jordan Morris. The top three nominees were Pulisic (86%), Morris (5%), and Andrew Carleton (4%).