While the United Men’s National Team had a disappointing 2017, star midfielder Christian Pulisic still managed to find a place in the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Best XI. Pulisic was the youngest player and sole American in the XI.
2017 CONCACAF Best XI:
Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid CF/Spain & Costa Rica)
Defenders: Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC/USA & Panama); Hector Moreno (AS Roma/Italy & Mexico), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/Canada & Costa Rica), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic FC/Scotland & Costa Rica)
Midfielders: Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/Germany & USA); Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/Portugal & Costa Rica), Hector Herrera (FC Porto/Portugal & Mexico), Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Qarabag FK/Azerbaijan & Haiti)
Forwards: Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands & Mexico), Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo/USA & Honduras)
Pulisic had 6 goals and 9 assists in 9 USMNT appearances in 2017. This calendar year, he currently has 9 goals and 14 assists in 47 matches for Borussia Dortmund.
Earlier in the year, Pulisic won the 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award (becoming the youngest ever winner) and was nominated for the “Golden Boy” Award (given to the best under 21 player in the world).
He figures to be a key player for the U.S. for many years to come and will undoubtedly play an integral role in the team’s efforts to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Pulisic wasn’t the only American to be recognized by CONCACAF. Women’s National team forward Alex Morgan was named CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year. Former USMNT defender and current Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney was announced as CONCACAF Men’s Coach of the Year. Under Vanney’s leadership Toronto won MLS Cup, the Supporter’s Shield, and the Canadian Championship. Vanney was also honored as MLS Coach of the year.