At 19, Christian Pulisic is the youngest player to win U.S. Soccer male player of the year. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – In what should be no surprise to any U.S. Soccer fan, Christian Pulisic has been voted the U.S. Soccer male player of the year, it was announced Thursday afternoon.
In fact, Pulisic won in a landslide, receiving 94 percent of the votes.
The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder and U.S. international became the youngest player in the award’s 34-year history. Landon Donovan was the previous youngest player to win the award at the age of 21 in 2003.
The award was announced on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FS1.
Votes were collected from U.S. men’s internationals who earned a cap this year, U.S. men’s national team and youth national coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League and United Soccer League head coaches, as well as select former players, administrators and the media.
Pulisic was outstanding this year. As the team’s biggest offensive weapon, the Hershey, Pa. native recorded six goals and four assists in nine matches. Beyond that, he was in another orbit as Pulisic directly (goal or assist) or indirectly (earning a free kick, rebound on a shot), was involved in 13 of the 17 goals scored during international games.
For Dortmund, Pulisic ended his first full season with the first team registering three goals and three assists in 25 matches across all competitions for the Bundesliga second-place side. Along with featuring for BVB in the UEFA Champions League, Pulisic capped the 2016-17 campaign by earning the game-winning penalty kick in Dortmund’s 2-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal Final May 27. Pulisic has continued to be one of Dortmund’s most influential players.
Pulisic became the 24th different player to be named U.S. Soccer male player of the year since it was first awarded to midfielder Rick Davis in 1984.