Jozy Altidore wins U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award

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The attacker came on strong in the second half of 2016, edging out strike partner Bobby Wood in a close vote.

Jozy Altidore has been named the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, the federation announced Friday night.

Altidore, who will be playing for the MLS Cup on Saturday with Toronto FC against the Seattle Sounders, scored six goals and assisted on two others in his 10 national team appearances in 2016 to take home the award with 32 percent of the vote.

The big striker missed out on the Copa America Centenario with a hamstring injury but rebounded strongly afterward. In addition to his performance for the national team, Altidore scored 10 goals in 23 games for Toronto in the regular season and has netted five more in the MLS playoffs.

His U.S. strike partner, Hamburg’s Bobby Wood, fell just short of the award, managing to get 30 percent of the vote. Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron finished third with 15 percent of the vote. Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey were also in contention.

This is the second time Altidore has won the award, with his first coming in 2013. 

The Young Male Player of the Year was decidedly less contested as 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic took home the award with 86 percent of the vote. Sounders striker Jordan Morris finished a distant second with 5 percent while Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton finished third with 4 percent.

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Pulisic burst onto the scene in 2016, earning starts for Dortmund in both the Bundesliga and Champions League, along with picking up 11 caps for the USA. Pulisic scored three goals and added a pair of assists for the national team this year.

U.S. Soccer will announce its Disabled Player of the Year on Monday, and both the Women’s Player of the Year and Young Woman’s Player of the Year on Tuesday.

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