Michael Bradley wins USSF Male Player of Year award


CHICAGO (AP) American national team captain Michael Bradley has won the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Male Player of the Year award.

Bradley, who took over as captain from Clint Dempsey last summer ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, received 43 percent of votes in balloting announced Tuesday.

Fabian Johnson was second with 33 percent, followed by Dempsey with 20 percent.

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Voters included national team coaches and staff, men’s national team players who appeared in 2015, men’s national team and youth national team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, and select former players, administrators and media.

A 28-year-old midfielder who also captains Toronto, Bradley had three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in 2015, the most assists on the team in a calendar year since Landon Donovan’s eight in 2013.

He became the fourth-youngest American male to make 100 international appearances.