For the second time in his career, Jozy Altidore has been named U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year, the federation announced on Friday. In addition to the main award, Christian Pulisic has also been named the Young Male Athlete of the Year winner.
Both award winners are deserving for their production throughout the year in comparison to their fellow finalists. Altidore led the USMNT in goals with six. Jozy won this award back in 2013, as well as collecting the Young Player of the Year in 2016.
NEWS: #USMNT & @TorontoFC forward @JozyAltidore named U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year: https://t.co/NdgzVVwNg3 pic.twitter.com/hiCYZb31il— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) December 10, 2016
Altidore, who beat out Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood, Michael Bradley, and Geoff Cameron, was nothing but gracious after winning.
“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 told ussoccer.com. “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."
Pulisic taking home the Youth Player of the Year award was a no-brainer thanks to his meteoric rise with Borussia Dortmund which led him to the national team where he set several records. The 18-year-old set the marks for youngest national team goal scorer ever, and the youngest to start and score a goal in a World Cup qualifier.
The Hershey, PA native got 86 percent of the vote, blowing out the competition. MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris was next with only five percent and Atlanta United homegrown player Andrew Carleton coming in third with four percent.