Christian Pulisic was by far the best player for the U.S. men’s national team in 2017 and he was duly awarded on Thursday.
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Pulisic was named the 2017 Male Soccer Player of the Year by U.S. Soccer, with the 19-year-old becoming the youngest-ever player to win the award.
He beats Landon Donovan’s record who was the previous youngest at 21 years of age when he won the award in 2003.
Pulisic won 94 percent of the vote, with Michael Bradley, Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore the other nominees. In 2017 he won nine caps for the USMNT, scoring six goals and adding four assists as the teenager became the main attacking talent.
The Borussia Dortmund playmaker was delighted to receive the accolade.
“It really is a big honor and I just want to thank everyone who voted for me to win U.S. Male Player of the Year,” Pulisic said. “It’s something that I never could have imagined to be here in this position. I’m thankful for everyone who supported me and I’m excited for the future.”
With the USMNT failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time they had failed to make a World Cup tournament since 1986, many had called for no U.S. player to receive the award in 2017.
However, Pulisic was truly deserving of the accolade as he tried his best to drag the USMNT to Russia next summer.