For the second time already in his young career, Christian Pulisic has been voted US Soccer Male Player of the Year.
Given that he’s by far the best player in the national team, that’s not all that surprising, but he does become the youngest player to win the award twice (21 years 85 days), beating Landon Donovan’s mark by more than a year (22 years, 293 days). Donovan would end up winning this award four times in his career, the most by any player since the award’s inception in 1984, but Pulisic is well on his way to bettering that.
That said, Pulisic’s margin of victory wasn’t all that great since the greatest factor appears to be performances for the national team. He beat out Seattle Sounders’ Jordan Morris by just 3 per cent (38 to 35). A win’s a win!
“I am honored to be selected to receive the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award.
“All of the nominees have had amazing seasons and would be worthy winners. This was a big transition year both with the National Team and my club. My teammates are fantastic and I’m proud of the progress we have made. I want to say thanks to my family for all their support, and to our fans who are incredible. We appreciate how much they have stood behind us. Things are only going to continue to get better, and I’m excited for the future.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: US Soccer
Congrats, Christian! Here’s to many more.