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By DAN KARELL
U.S. National Team forwards Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach have earned U.S. Soccer’s highest award based on their play in 2013.
The two were among five athletes who took home U.S. Athlete of the Year honors from U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, with Altidore taking the men’s honor and Wambach securing the women’s honor. The three others honored were Wil Trapp with Young Male Athlete of the Year, Lindsey Horan with Young Female Athlete of the Year, and Rene Renteria with Disabled Athlete of the Year.
Altidore earns the Male Athlete of the Year award for the first time on the back of a record-scoring summer for the 24-year-old. With the U.S. Men’s National Team, Altidore scored eight times in 2013, including a hat-trick against Bosnia and Herzegovina and a run of five straight games with a goal.
For a record sixth time, Wambach has won the Female Athlete of the Year award. The U.S. Women’s National Team star broke Mia Hamm’s all-time international goals scored record last June and currently has 160 goals. In 2013, Wambach led the USWNT in scoring with 11 goals and was tied for the lead in assists with six. Wambach is currently on the shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, which she won last year.
Trapp becomes the 16th different player to win the Young Male Player of the Year award, and after being named captain of the American side at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey this past summer, Trapp returned to his club side, the Columbus Crew, and became an instant starter in midfield for the rest of the season.
Horan’s decision to become the first ever USWNT member to forgo college and go professional out of high school has paid dividends as she’s been awarded Young Female Athlete of the Year. Horan, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, has scored 22 times in 27 games this past year, earning her first caps with the USWNT last March and now featuring as a regular member in training camps.
Renteria earns the Disabled Athlete of the Year after scoring nine goals in 10 games with the U.S. Paralympic Soccer National Team, helping them qualify for the 2015 World Championships.
What do you think of these selections? Do you believe there were any other candidates for the awards? Did you like the selection of Trapp?
Share your thoughts below.
Beasley deserved it. Played more minutes this year than anyone else, at a brand new position no less, and did it generally competently. He’s not a better player than Altidore, but he gave so much to the team this year he deserved the honor.
I’d luv to know exactly what he did to earn this? It’s amazing to me just how much this guy gets for doing very little. I have a good idea why but it would not be PC to say it
He scored in 5 consecutive games
4 goals in final round of qualifying (our top scorer)
Hat trick against Bosnia in Bosnia
He was crap for the NT under Klinsmann until this past summer
He has like 21 goals in 66 matches for the NT
what has Donovan done? He helped the team win the Gold Cup against a bunch of C list nations. Dempsey performed well up until the summer. Bradley was missing during our most important matches. I’d say give it to Altidore or Beasley.
I guess Jozy deserves it for lack of better options. He had a very good 8 months this year for club and country. However, the past few months he’s been pretty bad for club and country. His problem is he needs good midfield support otherwise he can’t score. If I were Sunderland I would have bought Diskerud, Bedoya and Fabian Johnson this year. Then they would have a real midfield.
Or anyone with the ability to pass.
deserves it. Jozy is the first striker in years
LOL WHY? Jozy is soooo bad.
lolz HE DOESNT EVAN PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONS’S LEAGUE
kind of comical/caricaturesque on both fronts. Not one of the best three players, especially athletes, on either team
Care to share who you found to be more deserving?
Except for that whole part where Jozy scored in 5 straight important games, had a hat trick during that period, scored 8 goals during the calendar year, provided great link up play, won a Dutch Cup, etc.
Ah ya, he did win the KNVB cup.
Everytime I see this I think of the NKVD cup. Which would be well not as fun at all.
Abby just broke the all time scoring record so that might be award worthy especially for a women’s soccer calendar year that did not have much to offer.