The two forwards enjoyed banner 2013 campaigns, with the Sunderland man picking up the U.S. Soccer honors for the first time in his career.U.S. Soccer announced that men’s national team forward Jozy Altidore has been named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, while Abby Wambach has won the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.
Voting on U.S. Soccer's official website accounted for 50 percent of total votes, while the other half came from votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives.
The award was the first for Altidore, who enjoyed a banner year for both club and country. He scored a career-best eight goals in the year for the national team, while also tallying 31 times for AZ in the Netherlands, earning him a transfer to Sunderland in the English Premier League.
Altidore's award ended a two-year run for Clint Dempsey, while Landon Donovan won the honors in 2009 and 2010.
Wambach won her sixth Female Athlete of the Year award, which is the most in U.S. Soccer history. Wambach was named 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and led the USA in scoring this year with 11 goals. She also finished second in the NWSL in both goals and assists (11 and 8, respectively) with the Western New York Flash.
Columbus Crew and USA U-20 midfielder Will Trapp was named the 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year, while women's national team and Paris Saint-Germain 19-year-old starlet Lindsey Horan was named the 2013 Young Female Athlete of the Year.