U.S. Soccer Player of the Year

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The U.S. Soccer Player of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. It is considered the highest accolade for American soccer players.[1]

As of 2013, Abby Wambach has won the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Award a record six times.
Clint Dempsey won the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2011

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award originated in 1984, followed by the Female Player of the Year in 1985. Awards for Young Male and Young Female Players were added in 1998.[2] An award for Player of the Year with a Disability was added in 2012[3] but discontinued after 2020 and replaced with the non-player-specific "ADAPTandTHRIVE Disability Award," which "recognizes an individual making an impact in the United States' broad landscape of disability soccer."[4] In 2021, awards for female and male beach soccer as well as futsal are added.[4]

Public voting for the awards account for 50 percent of the results.[2] The other 50 percent are voted by members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).[5]

U.S. Soccer Players of the YearEdit

As of December 29, 2021.
Year Male Player of the Year Female Player of the Year Young Male Player of the Year Young Female Player of the Year Player of the Year with a Disability Beach Female Player of the Year Beach Male Player of the Year Futsal Player of the Year
1984 Rick Davis
1985 Perry Van der Beck Sharon McMurtry
1986 Paul Caligiuri April Heinrichs
1987 Brent Goulet Carin Jennings-Gabarra
1988 Peter Vermes Joy Biefield
1989 Mike Windischmann April Heinrichs (2)
1990 Tab Ramos Michelle Akers
1991 Hugo Perez Michelle Akers (2)
1992 Marcelo Balboa Carin Jennings-Gabarra (2)
1993 Thomas Dooley Kristine Lilly
1994 Marcelo Balboa (2) Mia Hamm
1995 Alexi Lalas Mia Hamm (2)
1996 Eric Wynalda Mia Hamm (3)
1997 Kasey Keller Mia Hamm (4)
1998 Cobi Jones Mia Hamm (5) Josh Wolff Cindy Parlow
1999 Kasey Keller (2) Michelle Akers (3) Ben Olsen Lorrie Fair
2000 Chris Armas Tiffeny Milbrett Landon Donovan Aly Wagner
2001 Earnie Stewart Tiffeny Milbrett (2) DaMarcus Beasley Aleisha Cramer
2002 Brad Friedel Shannon MacMillan Bobby Convey Lindsay Tarpley
2003 Landon Donovan Abby Wambach Freddy Adu Cat Reddick
2004 Landon Donovan (2) Abby Wambach (2) Eddie Johnson Heather O'Reilly
2005 Kasey Keller (3) Kristine Lilly (2) Benny Feilhaber Lori Chalupny
2006 Oguchi Onyewu Kristine Lilly (3) Jozy Altidore Danesha Adams
2007 Clint Dempsey Abby Wambach (3) Michael Bradley Lauren Cheney
2008 Tim Howard Carli Lloyd Sacha Kljestan Kristie Mewis
2009 Landon Donovan (3) Hope Solo Luis Gil Tobin Heath
2010 Landon Donovan (4) Abby Wambach (4) Gale Agbossoumonde Bianca Henninger
2011 Clint Dempsey (2) Abby Wambach (5) Brek Shea Sydney Leroux
2012 Clint Dempsey (3) Alex Morgan Rubio Rubin Julie Johnston Felicia Schroeder
2013 Jozy Altidore Abby Wambach (6) Wil Trapp Lindsey Horan Rene Renteria
2014 Tim Howard (2) Lauren Holiday DeAndre Yedlin Morgan Brian Gavin Sibayan
2015 Michael Bradley Carli Lloyd (2) Matt Miazga Mallory Pugh Kevin Hensley
2016 Jozy Altidore (2) Tobin Heath Christian Pulisic Ashley Sanchez Adam Ballou
2017 Christian Pulisic Julie Ertz Josh Sargent Sophia Smith Sean Boyle
2018 Zack Steffen Alex Morgan (2) Alex Mendez Tierna Davidson Gracie Fitzgerald
2019 Christian Pulisic (2) Julie Ertz (2) Sergiño Dest Brianna Pinto Nick Mayhugh
2020 Weston McKennie Sam Mewis Gio Reyna Naomi Girma CP Soccer youth players
2021 Christian Pulisic (3) Lindsey Horan Ricardo Pepi Trinity Rodman TBA TBA TBA

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Di Veronica, Jeff (November 29, 2013). "Wambach wins record 6th U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year award". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "About – U.S. SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR". US Soccer. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill a finalist for US Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year". Colorado Rapids. November 19, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Nominees Set For 2021 U.S. Soccer Player Of The Year Awards". www.ussoccer.com.
  5. ^ U.S. Soccer Federation. "Voting Underway for 2011 Best of U.S. Soccer and Athlete of the Year Awards". www.ussoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-17.

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