Awards: Altidore named U.S. Player of the Year again

Jozy Altidore won the U.S. Player of the Year award for the second time, receiving 52 first-place votes from 136 media members in the annual balloting conducted by Futbol de Primera. Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic and U.S. captain Michael Bradley finished second and third, respectively

Altidore, who battled back from hamstring injuries, helped Toronto FC reach the MLS Cup final, scoring five goals in six playoff games and 10 goals in 23 regular-season games. He had six goals in 10 international appearances this year.

Altidore, U.S. Soccer's Male Player of the Year, also won the Futbol de Primera award in 2013. He is the award's fifth multiple winner after Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

Pulisic, at 17 years, 253 days, became the youngest goal scorer in national team history in 2016. Bradley, the 2015 winner, played with Altidore on Toronto FC.

U.S. Players of the Year:
Jozy Altidore (2016, 2013)
Michael Bradley (2015)
Tim Howard (2014)
Clint Dempsey (2012, 2011, 2006)
Landon Donovan (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002)
Kasey Keller (2005, 1999)
Earnie Stewart (2001)
Claudio Reyna (2000)
Cobi Jones (1998)
Eddie Pope (1997)
Eric Wynalda (1996, 1992)
Alexi Lalas (1995)
Marcelo Balboa (1994)
Thomas Dooley (1993)
Hugo Perez (1991)
5 comments about "Awards: Altidore named U.S. Player of the Year again".
  1. charles davenport, December 23, 2016 at 5:53 p.m.

    Love you, Jozy!
    Player of the year 2017-2028: Christian Pulusic.

  2. beautiful game, December 23, 2016 at 7:42 p.m.

    Really?

  3. Kevin Leahy, December 23, 2016 at 8:44 p.m.

    What a lousy choice! His attitude and his work rate is still terrible. For those of us that, had to watch him live against New Zealand, this is a farce. How many cards for dissent this year? The voters need to ask themselves if he is someone they would want for a teammate.

  4. Andrew Kear, December 24, 2016 at 11:17 a.m.

    Jozy is back in form just in time for qualifying. Pulusic is going to be a great player.

    The US will most likely qualify, but it does not need to be this stressful. PLEASE no more loses to third world countries!!!That is why Klinsmann is gone.

  5. MA Soccer, December 27, 2016 at 8:52 a.m.

    Altidore player of the year and Bruce Arena national team coach this captures current state of Mens US Soccer.

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