CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award. This year’s field features forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood, midfielder Michael Bradley and defender Geoff Cameron.
Altidore matched his production from 2015, recording a team-high six goals and two assists. A standout in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, Cameron started a career-high 12 matches, playing in 10 games in official competition before missing out on the last two through injury. In Copa America, Dempsey recorded three goals and three assists, including the game-winner against Paraguay. Wood achieved a career-best point total with four goals and two assists, with two tallies in World Cup Qualifying. After being named the 2015 Male Player of the Year, Bradley is again nominated for U.S. Soccer’s highest award.
The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 9, live on FS1.
A new voting process was put in place starting in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team and Youth National Team coaches and staff, MNT players who have earned a cap in 2016, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.
Two of the nominees have won the award before. Dempsey has earned it three times, in 2007 and then back-to-back in 2011-12. Altidore collected the honor in 2013.
Landon Donovan holds the record for most Male Player of the Year awards with four honors (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010).
The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor.