Yesterday, U.S. Soccer announced their nominees for the 2019 Young Male Player of the Year. Gianluca Busio, Sergiño Dest, Ricardo Pepi, Paxton Pomykal, Gio Reyna, and Chris Richards are the six players up for the award.
Gianluca Busio broke out this year for the United States U-17s as well as Sporting Kansas City. Sergiño Dest emerged as a regular starter this season for Ajax. He was a star for the U-20s during the U-20 World Cup and made 3 appearances for the USMNT this fall, becoming cap-tied to the USMNT when he started against Canada in CONCACAF Nations League play.
Paxton Pomykal became a star for FC Dallas in the midfield this season and made his USMNT debut in September in a friendly against Uruguay. Chris Richards made a move up to the reserve team for Bayern Munich and has made several appearances so far this season. He also was a regular contributor for the U.S. U-20s during this year’s U-20 World Cup.
Ricardo Pepi was a regular on the U-17s for the U-17 World Cup, and he was a standout performer for North Texas SC. He also made several appearances for FC Dallas. Finally, Gio Reyna was the top scorer for the U-17s this year and made a move across the pond from New York City FC’s academy to Borussia Dortmund, where he is performing well with their U-19 team.
The award winner will be announced during the second week of December. Hit the comments to let us know who you think should win the award.