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Pulisic, Reyna, Mewis, Dahlkemper headline U.S. Soccer award nominees

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Weston McKennie #8 and Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States clown around during a game between Canada and USMNT at BMO Field on October 15, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

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Could Christian Pulisic be unseated as U.S. Soccer’s Male Player of the Year?

The Chelsea man has claimed the honor in two of the last three years, a run interrupted only by Zack Steffen in 2018.

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No men’s player has won the award in three of four seasons, and no one’s claimed the honor in consecutive seasons since Clint Dempsey in 2011 and 2012 followed up Landon Donovan’s wins in 2009 and 2010.

Here are the nominees for Male, Female, Young Male, Young Female, and Player of the Year With a Disability.

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2020 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

Pulisic’s two wins already have him in lofty company at age 22. Multiple winners include Donovan (4), Dempsey (3), Kasey Keller (3), Tim Howard (2), Jozy Altidore (2), and Marcelo Balboa (2).


2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

On the women’s side, Julie Ertz will not claim her third honor in four years. The USWNT defender is not one of five finalists for Female Player of the Year.

The nominees are:


  • Abby Dahlkemper, who played the most USWNT minutes for the second-straight year.
  • Crystal Dunn, who started every USWNT game in 2020
  • Lindsey Horan tied for the team lead in goals.
  • Sam Mewis, who plays for Man City along with USWNT star Rose Lavelle
  • Christen Press, who moved to Manchester United with teammate Tobin Heath

None of the nominees have previously won the award.

International friendly match"Women: The Netherlands v United States of America"

BREDA - (lr) Abby Dahlkemper of USA Women, Jill Roord of Holland Women during the international women’s friendly match between the Netherlands and the United States at the Rat Verlegh Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Breda, The Netherlands. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

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2020 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year


  • Brenden Aaronson, Philadelphia Union
  • Mark McKenzie, Philadelphia Union
  • Chris Richards, Bayern Munich
  • Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund
  • Yunus Musah, Valencia

2020 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year


  • Mia Fishel, UCLA and U-20 YNT
  • Naomi Girma, Stanford University and U-20 YNT
  • Trinity Rodman, Washington State University and U-20 YNT

2020 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year With a Disability


  • Adam Ballou, U.S. Para 7-a-Side National Team
  • CP youth soccer
  • Jordan Dickey, U.S. Power Soccer National Team

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