Yesterday, U.S. Soccer announced the list of candidates for the 2018 Male Player of the Year Award. Midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Wil Trapp, defender Matt Miazga, and goalkeeper Zack Steffen are the players that will vie for the award. Each of the players are first-time nominees. The voting bloc will consist of national team coaches, any USMNT player that earned a cap in 2018, U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, the U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, MLS and USL head coaches, select media representatives and former players and administrators.
Tyler Adams tied for the most appearances in 2018 (with Wil Trapp), adding 8 caps to his resume. He also scored the goal that beat Mexico in a friendly back in September. Wil Trapp captained the USMNT in each of his 8 appearances this year and earned two U.S. Soccer Man of the Match awards. Weston McKennie had 6 appearances and helped bring some consistency to the midfield for the United States.
Matt Miazga had 7 appearances this year for the national team, becoming one of the go-to defenders for interim head coach Dave Sarachan. Zack Steffen had 6 caps in net and has established himself as the presumed #1 goalkeeper on the depth chart.
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