U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Nominee Bios

Player of the Year Award

The U.S. Soccer Player of the Year award is the highest honor awarded to soccer players in the United States. The Male and Female Player of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women. The Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998 and Player of the Year with a Disability in 2012.

Votes are collected from National Team and Youth National Team coaches and staff, National Team players who have earned a cap in this calendar year,  American professional soccer league head coaches as well as select media members, former players and administrators.

 

2019 FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

 

Julie Ertz, Midfielder

Ertz carried the dominant play she showed in 2017, when she was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, and in 2018 when she became one of the USA’s most important players, to 2019 when she proved herself to be one of the world’s best. In 2019, Ertz started 22 games for the USA, the most on the team, and played 1,755 minutes, third-most on the team. Ertz scored one goal in 2019, but it was a big one, coming against Chile during group play at the 2019 Women’s World Cup where she helped the USA to its second consecutive title while playing 474 minutes over six games, all starts. Ertz was widely hailed for her dominating play at defensive midfielder during the World Cup and was named to the 2019 FIFA FIFPRO World XI. She finished the year with 95 career caps. Ertz also had a banner club season, helping the Chicago Red Stars to second place in the league standings, a victory in the playoff semifinal and their first berth to the NWSL title game. She played every minute of her 14 regular season starts for the Red Stars and every minute of both playoff games. She was named to the NWSL Best XI as a midfielder, but also played considerable minutes in the center of the defense of the Red Stars as well.

 

Rose Lavelle, Midfielder

At 24-years-old, Lavelle was one of the breakout stars of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, creating an indelible image in the team’s history with her dramatic goal that clinched the 2-0 World Cup Final victory against the Netherlands. She scored three times in the World Cup which included a brace in the opening game win vs. Thailand and started all six of the games she played in. Her skillful, dynamic and entertaining performances out of the midfield earned her the Bronze Ball as the Third-Best player in World Cup as well as a spot on the FIFA FIFPRO World XI. She played 1,188 minutes for the USA in 18 games in 2019 (17 starts), almost doubling her career caps coming into the year, and scored four goals with four assists. Injuries limited her to just six NWSL games for the Washington Spirit, for whom she scored one goal with one assist, but she was still named to the NWSL Best XI.

 

Carli Lloyd, Forward

Lloyd led the USA in goals in 2019 with 16, seven more than any other player, a total which was the third-most she’s ever scored in a calendar year. Lloyd scored five goals in the USA's last four friendly games before the World Cup, all but one of them off the bench, scored three times in the World Cup, two as a starter, and scored five times in four Victory Tour matches as a starter. She added two more against Sweden on Nov. 7 and a goal against Costa Rica on Nov. 10. With a substitute appearance against Sweden on June 20 in the World Cup, she moved past Mia Hamm into third all-time in career caps and finished the year with 288. In 2019, she scored against Belgium (2), South Africa, New Zealand (2), Thailand, Chile (2), Ireland, Portugal (2), Korea Republic (2), Sweden (2) and Costa Rica. Lloyd's goal off the bench against Thailand in the World Cup, and two against Chile in her only start of the World Cup, gave her 10 career WWC goals. With her goals against Chile at 36 years, 11 months old, Lloyd became the oldest player to score more than once in a single WWC game. Lloyd also became the first player to score in six consecutive appearances at the Women's World Cup. She’s scored eight goals across those six games, the last four games of 2015 and the first two of 2019. Lloyd had one of the more impactful post-World Cup runs in the NWSL, scoring eight NWSL goals with one assist while playing 1,260 minutes over 14 matches.

 

Alex Morgan, Forward

Morgan played in 16 games for the USA this year, starting 15, and scored nine goals with three assists while seeing 1,2131 minutes of action. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final was her last game of the year, as she missed the final six games of 2019 due to injury and then her pregnancy. Still, it was quite a year for the speedy forward. She had a performance for the ages against Thailand in the opening game of the World Cup, tying a World Cup record with five goals while adding three assists. In the Semifinal match against England, Morgan scored what proved to be the game-winner for the USA just after the half-hour mark, heading home Lindsey Horan’s cross. In the World Cup Final, she earned the critical penalty kick when she was fouled in the box and Megan Rapinoe converted for the USA’s first goal of the 2-0 victory vs. the Netherlands. With her six goals and three assists, she won the Silver Boot as the second-leading scorer in the World Cup. The six goals in the World Cup upped her career total to 107, tying her with Michelle Akers for fifth on the USA’s all-time goals list. She scored her historic 100th career on April 4 vs. Australia in what was her 159th cap, just three more appearances than Mia Hamm needed to reach 100 goals. At the World Cup, Morgan became the first player in Women’s World Cup history to score a goal on her birthday. She turned 30 on the same day as the July 2 Semifinal game vs. England.

 

Alyssa Naeher, Goalkeeper

Naeher came into the World Cup with heavy pressure on her shoulders and put in world class performance that will resonate among the best-ever for a goalkeeper in a world championship for the USA. She was calm, cool and collected as she played every minute of all seven matches in France, gave up just three goals, earned four shutouts, and became the fifth goalkeeper in history to earn a shutout in a Women’s World Cup Final. She came up huge when called upon during the World Cup, making several crucial saves, but the most memorable was her dramatic penalty kick stop against England in the 84th minute to preserve the 2-1 victory. Naeher played every minute of 19 matches for the USA in 2019, her most ever in a calendar year and compiled a record of 16-1-2 with a Goals Against Average of 0.78. She had nine shutouts, upping her career total to 30. Naeher also had an excellent year for the Chicago Red Stars, playing every minute (1,260) of 14 matches to help the club finish in second place in the league, win the semifinal and earn a berth to its first title game. She had a 1.07 GAA for the Red Stars and was named to the NWSL Second XI.

 

Megan Rapinoe, Forward

Rapinoe had a remarkable and memorable year, skyrocketing to world-wide fame after her epic performance in France this summer. She won the Golden Boot as the top scorer at the Women’s World Cup and the Golden Ball as the MVP of the tournament in which she scored six goals – five in the knockout rounds – with three assists to lead the USA to its second consecutive World Cup title. She scored both goals in the USA’s 2-1 victories against Spain in the Round of 16 and France in the Quarterfinal in Paris, the latter of which will go down in history as one of the most electric games in World Cup history. She sat out the World Cup semifinal due to injury but returned for the Final and scored the opening goal on a penalty kick to send the USA on its way to the 2-0 victory against the Netherlands. Rapinoe scored nine goals and had seven assists for the USA over the entire year – finishing second on the team in both categories – while playing 1,075 minutes over 15 matches. The nine goals were the most she has ever scored in a calendar year. She also scored against Japan and England at the SheBelieves Cup, and the go-ahead goal in what would be a 5-3 victory against Australia in April, after which she unveiled what would become the iconic Rapinoe goal celebration pose later in the summer. She was also voted The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, the sixth time a U.S. player has won the award.

2019 MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES 


Aaron Long

One of three first-time nominees for the award, the 27-year-old built upon his debut year in 2018 by becoming a mainstay on the USA backline as his 14 appearances tied Tim Ream for the most by a defender in 2019. Leading the USMNT with 64 aerial duals and 51 clearances, the center back also contributed offensively, tallying three goals and an assist. Notably, Long became the first USMNT defender to record two goals in a match, tallying the brace during the 6-0 Gold Cup win against Trinidad & Tobago on June 22, going on to earn a place on the tournament’s Best XI. On the club front, Long appeared in 29 games across all competitions for the New York Red Bulls, registering two goals and an assist to help the side qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs for a 10th straight season.

 

Weston McKennie

After finishing third on the ballot for the 2018 award, McKennie earns his second-straight Player of the Year nod. The 21-year-old midfielder had an offensive breakthrough for the side in 2019, tallying five goals and two assists across 12 matches from his central midfield role. The Little Elm, Texas product needed just 13 minutes to record the fastest hat trick from the start of a match in USMNT during the USA’s 7-0 rout of Cuba in the Concacaf Nations League opener on Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C., while his opening goal 32 seconds into that match was the second-fastest in team history. McKennie also tallied in back-to-back Gold Cup matches, scoring the game-winning goal in the 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Curaçao on June 30 in Philadelphia before providing the opener in the 3-1 semifinal win against Jamaica on July 3 in Nashville. Now in his third full season with Schalke, McKennie has three assists in 26 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga side in 2019, showing his versatility by playing not only in central midfield, but as a center back, right back, left midfielder and second striker.

 

Jordan Morris

Having first been named to the Player of the Year ballot in 2017, Morris earns his second nod this year. After suffering a torn ACL at the start of 2018, the Mercer Island, Wash., product came back in force, registering five goals and a team-leading six assists through 14 matches. The winger was especially impressive in the second half of 2019, contributing to nine of the team’s 16 goals in its last five matches. Notably, Morris tied the team’s single-game assist record, providing three helpers during the side’s 7-0 victory on Oct. 11 against Cuba, and went on to lead Concacaf Nations League A in goals with four. His team-leading six assists were also the most by a single USMNT player in a calendar year since Landon Donovan hit 10 in 2009. The display was matched on the club front, with Morris notching 13 goals and eight assists across 30 matches en route to helping Seattle Sounders FC claim its second MLS Cup title.

 

Christian Pulisic

Having won the 2017 Male Player of the Year award at age 19, Pulisic receives his second nomination in 2019. Splitting time between midfield and the wing, the mercurial attacker hit another impressive milestone early in the year, becoming the youngest USMNT player to record 10 goals with his finish in the 1-1 draw with Chile on March 26 in Houston. That strike would be the first of five goals to go along with three assists on the year, putting Pulisic behind only Jordan Morris for combined goals/assists in 2019. Pulisic would help power the USMNT through the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, adding three goals and three assists to take Best XI honors en route to a runner-up finish. Having secured a high-profile transfer to English Premier League side Chelsea in January, Pulisic was immediately loaned back to Borussia Dortmund where he appeared in 13 more matches across all competitions and closed out his tenure with three goals and two assists down the home stretch. Pulisic began a new club tenure with Chelsea in August, and though it took a little time to get settled, the Hershey, Pa., product has been on fire for the Blues of late, contributing five goals and four assists in 14 competitive matches, including a three-game scoring streak in the league, highlighted by his first career hat trick in a 4-2 win at Burnley on Oct. 26.

 

Tim Ream

A long-time veteran of the National Team, Tim Ream earns his first Player of the Year Nomination after achieving a career high 14 appearances in 2019. Showing a steady hand in providing veteran leadership, Ream captained the USMNT six times -- more than any other player in 2019 – with the side going 4-1-1 in matches where he wore the armband. Leading the team with 1,210 minutes played, the 32-year-old showed his versatility in playing both at left back and center back, while also providing to the team’s offensive output with two assists on the year. Ream has continued to be a mainstay for Fulham in 2019, making 33 appearances across all competitions for the Cottagers as they split time between the English Premier League and League Championship.

 

Gyasi Zardes

Playing his fifth year with the USMNT, Zardes collects his first Player of the Year award nomination in 2019. The Hawthorne, Calif., product built off his strong club form from 2019 to have a career year on the international stage, collecting a team-leading six goals to go along with one assist, while tying with Paul Arriola for most appearances (15). Zardes registered two multi-goal games in 2019, tallying twice in the 6-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in the Gold Cup group stage on June 22 in Cleveland before adding two more in the 4-1 Nations League victory against Canada on Nov. 15 in Orlando. On the club side, Zardes continued to bag goals, finding the back of the net on 13 occasions while adding two assists for Columbus Crew SC.

2019 Young FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES



Trinity Byars, Forward

Coming off a 2018 when she led the U-16 USGNT in scoring, the fleet forward played in seven matches for the U-17 USWNT in 2019, scoring three goals with three assists. She scored against Mexico, China and Sweden and helped the U-17s compile a 9-1-1 international record on the year. She was one of the most dominant players in all of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy during the 2018-19 season, scoring 31 goals in just 18 matches for Solar Soccer Club while helping the Dallas-based club to the U-16/17 National Championship where she won the Golden Ball as the postseason’s best player. An impactful player while running at goal, she can also play back to the net and is a fine finisher inside the penalty area. She has 14 goals in six matches so far during this Academy season. She also earned a call-up to the U-18 USWNT and picked up two caps this year with that squad. She was the youngest player on the USA’s 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team.

 

Naomi Girma, Defender

A member of the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, Girma is in her second U-20 cycle. As a team leader, she played in five international matches this year, upping her U-20 total to 25 international caps. As a sophomore at Stanford, she was named a Team Captain and the 2019 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year while also making the All-Pac-12 First Team. She has started all 22 games for the Cardinal so far this year, helping them to a 21-1 record, a Pac-12 title and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. She has two goals and one assist for Stanford this year from her center back spot. She also earned her first call-up to the senior WNT for the December Identification Training Camp.

 

Brianna Pinto, Midfielder

A member of 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, this is Pinto’s second U-20 cycle and she has played seven U-20 matches this year, scoring against Germany while upping her U-20 cap total to 32. The skillful and physical midfielder has been one of the keys to success for the University of North Carolina this season. She has played 1,589 minutes while starting all 24 games so far and is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and six assists. She has helped UNC to a 22-1-1 record and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, while also earning First Team All-ACC honors. She also earned her first call-up to the senior WNT since a short stint in 2017 when she was named to the roster the December Identification Training Camp.

 

Casey Murphy, Goalkeeper

After starting her professional career in France with Montpellier, Murphy returned to the USA this year and had a fine season for Reign FC in the NWSL. She ranked third in the NWSL in saves and played every minute of 19 matches, helping the Reign to a fourth-place finish and semifinal playoff berth. In that playoff match against eventual champion North Carolina, she made a remarkable 11 saves to keep her team close before the Courage pulled away in overtime. The 6-foot-1 Murphy, who was the USA’s starting goalkeeper during the 2016 Under-20 Women’s World Cup, played in five matches for the U-23 USWNT this year, compiling a record of 4-1-1. She earned her second call-up to the senior WNT when she was named to roster for the December Identification Training Camp.

 

Allyson Sentnor, Forward

The 15-year-old out of Hanson, Mass. has been playing up for her entire Youth National Team career. As a 14-year-old last year, she saw time with the U-15 GNT, the U-16 GNT and the U-17 WNT, but this year she has played mostly for the U-17 WNT, for whom she is the leading scorer with six goals in seven international matches. She scored against Mexico, Russia, Portugal, China (twice) and Spain. Slight in size, but extremely sophisticated technically and tactically, she is extremely two-footed, a dribbler of unusual creativity and can also play back-to-goal from the center forward position. The talented goal scorer plays her club soccer for South Shore Select which is playing its first season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Last season, she scored 41 goals for her club and has scored seven goals in just three games so far this season. Sentnor was also named the Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year for 2019 and was featured on the cover of SI Kids.

 

2019 Young Male PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES


Gianluca Busio, Midfielder
– U-17 MNT

Busio took the field at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup as the most-experienced professional to ever represent the red, white and blue at the tournament. The midfielder was one of the USA’s top players at the spring’s 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, starting six of seven games and scoring five goals, including a brace vs. Barbados as the U.S. qualified to a record 17th U-17 World Cup. There, Busio started all three games for the U-17 Men’s National Team and tied the record for the fastest U.S. goal at the tournament with a third-minute header vs. Senegal. He also captained the squad in its draw vs. Japan. The North Carolina native made 26 appearances for Sporting Kanas City in all competitions this season and netted in three straight MLS games for KC this spring, becoming the youngest player in league history to score in back-to-back regular season matches. He also started the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game in a victory over Chivas Guadalajara’s U-20 squad.

 

Sergiño Dest, Defender – U-20 MNT/MNT

Dest enjoyed a breakout year for club and country in 2019, starring for the USA during its quarterfinal run at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, installing himself as a regular for European powerhouse Ajax and earning his first three senior Men’s National Team caps. The crafty and creative outside back was a fixture for Jong Ajax during the 2018-19 season before joining the U-20 MNT in Poland. There, Dest started four of five games for the USA, including the team’s thrilling 3-2 Round of 16 victory against France, when Dest sparked the game-winning goal with a shot from distance. Returning to Ajax, the defender started to see regular first-team minutes during the preseason and qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League. After making his Ajax debut in July, Dest has appeared in 11 of 14 Eerdivisie games and six of eight Champions League matches for the Dutch giants. His play in the Netherlands earned him his first MNT call-up in September, when he picked up his first cap vs. Mexico. Also eligible to play for the Netherlands, Dest tied his international future to the U.S. in November, helping the MNT earn a berth in the Concacaf Nations League Semifinals during a crucial 4-1 win over Canada, assisting on the game’s opening goal. 

 

Ricardo Pepi, Forward – U-17 MNT

An opportunistic striker, Pepi found the back of the net plenty for club and country in 2019. The forward netted three goals for the U.S. at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, icing the USA’s record 17th U-17 World Cup qualification with the final goal in the quarterfinals vs. Panama and bagging a brace against Canada in the semifinals. The Texas native also scored an 88th-minute goal to complete a comeback victory over Mexico at September’s 4 Nations Tournament in the Netherlands and started two games for the U.S. at the World Cup. After tearing up the U.S. Soccer Development Academy during the 2018-19 season, Pepi was instrumental for North Texas SC in the inaugural season of USL League One and made his mark immediately, netting a hat trick in his pro debut. He tallied nine regular season goals to finish as the league’s fifth-leading scorer and bagged a brace in the span of two minutes during the League One Semifinals to secure North Texas’ spot in the championship match. Pepi signed as a Homegrown Player with FC Dallas in June, adding an assist in his debut during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and making nine appearances in all competitions on the year.

 

Paxton Pomykal, Midfielder – U-20 MNT/MNT

Following a standout performance at last fall’s 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, Pomykal rose to become one of Major League Soccer’s brightest young stars this season and helped captain the USA at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The midfield maven capped off the year by earning his first Men’s National Team cap vs. Uruguay in September. In Poland, Pomykal captained the red, white and blue in four of five games, including the team’s thrilling comeback victory over France in the Round of 16. After only making sparing appearances for FC Dallas during his first two professional seasons, Pomykal broke out in 2019, appearing in 26 matches for Dallas and helping the club to the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Texas native announced his arrival with a strong early start, earning Team of the Week honors three times in the first five weeks of the season and bagging a brace for his first two pro goals in March.

 

Gio Reyna, Forward – U-17 MNT/U-23 MNT

Reyna finished 2019 as the U-17 Men’s National Team’s leading scorer and captained the squad for much of the year. The forward netted six goals at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, capping off a thrilling 3-2 comeback vs. Canada in the USA’s tournament opener, tallying a hat trick against Guadeloupe in the Round of 16 and adding goals in the U-17 World Cup-clinching quarterfinal victory over Panama and the semifinal vs. Canada. After helping the U.S. qualify to a record 17th World Cup appearance, Reyna appeared in all three games for the USA in Brazil. He also appeared in a June training camp with the U-23 MNT. At the club level, Reyna completed a summer move to German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund and joined the club’s first team for its preseason tour of the U.S. before playing with the U-19 squad this fall. There, Reyna has tallied twice vs. Barcelona in the group stage of the UEFA Youth League and scored two goals in the U-19 Bundesliga.

 

Chris Richards, Defender – U-20 MNT/U-23 MNT

A towering center back prospect, Richards turned heads at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup as he was named one of the tournament’s 10 players to watch by the tournament’s FIFA Technical Study Group. Lauded for his ability to deliver line-breaking passes and drive forward, Richards started all five games for the USA in Poland, including the thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over France in the Round of 16. After spending the second half of 2018 on loan with German powerhouse Bayern Munich, Richards signed with the club in January after impressing with its U-19 team throughout the 2018-19 season. This fall, the steely central defender has made the jump to the professional ranks with Bayern Munich II in the 3.Liga, starting 11 matches for the team and netting his first goal in November. Richards appeared in the year’s final two training camps for the Under-23 Men’s National Team, debuting for the squad in Miami vs. El Salvador, and figures to be a key part of the USA’s Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship campaign next spring.

 

2019 Player of the Year with a Disability NOMINEES


Steve Everett – U.S. Power Soccer National Team

Wheelchair sports have been a big part of Steve Everett’s life for more than three decades. After a 20-year career in wheelchair tennis, he was introduced to Power Soccer nine years ago and hasn’t looked back. He’s gone on to become a Power Soccer athlete, coach and organizer. As a player, Steve has been named to the “Cup Championship All-Tournament Team” each of the last seven years including 2019 and was honored as the 2016 Champions Cup MVP. In 2017, he was one of 20 athletes selected to try out for the USA’s Power Soccer World Cup team.

Since 2013, Steve have served on the Executive Board of the United States Power Soccer Association as Western Director. During that time, he shared and promoted Power Soccer through demos, clinics, tournaments and camps in addition to helping develop teams throughout the western region and beyond. One of the teams he helped get started is the Veteran Warriors, the first-ever all veteran Power Soccer team.

In September 2019, Steve helped begin a partnership with MLS club LA Galaxy and its Foundation to start a new Power Soccer team called “LA United” for which he is currently both the head coach and a player. The partnership will hopefully become a template to help build bridges between Power Soccer and more MLS teams. In July, Steve served as Director of the 2019 Power Soccer Camp held in Minnesota. He has had the privilege of organizing and being an instructor at both Minnesota and California camps over the last few years.

Holly Hunter, Defender – U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team

Hunter has been on the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team since 2016. She has played an integral role in the team’s training and development for the next international cycle. She currently plays for the Legends FC U-17 Girl’s Development Academy team. She plays outside bac, yet her versatility allows her to contribute at nearly every position on the field.

Holly was invited to the U-15 Girl’s National Team camp as well as to U.S. Soccer National Team Training in Carson, California on Oct. 5, 2019. Holly is set to graduate in 2021 and is committed to the University of Colorado Boulder in the PAC 12.


Nick Mayhugh, Midfielder – Para 7-a-side National Team

Mayhugh quickly became the world No. 4 ranked U.S. Para 7-a-side National Team’s focal threat within its reinvented offensive scheme this year. His prowess in the central and attacking third proved to be overwhelming for the USA’s competition as he tallied 11 goals in only five games, playing a total of 260 minutes in an historic run for the USPNT at the World Cup in Spain. Mayhugh scored the thrilling, last-minute game winner against Iran, a perennial powerhouse in the sport, enabling the U.S. to be the first squad to beat Iran outside the top two ranked teams in the world. He not only led the team in goals at the World Cup, as the USPNT finished first in the group stage for the first time in program history, but also proved his creativity by providing an equal number of assists (11) to his teammates.

Mayhugh continued to be an imminent threat in the USPNT’s second historic run of the year at the 2019 Lima Para Pan American Games as he finished second in the tournament with eight goals in six games. Playing a total of 279 minutes, he was instrumental in the USA earning the Bronze Medal – the USA’s first medal won in program’s history at the tournament – after scoring against Brazil, in an unbelievable come-from-behind victory against the powerful South American opponent that secured the USPNT’s place in the medal round. Mayhugh proved to be one of the world’s most dangerous 7-a-side players and looks to be a fixture within the team’s continued success.

 

Michael Schmid, Forward – U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team

Schmid joined the USDMNT in 2014 as a versatile player who has played multiple positions for the team. He has been dominant for the USDMNT all year long, winning the Deaf Indoor Soccer Championship in Maryland with a team of USDMNT players by scoring 16 goals and assisting on 12 across eight matches. Additionally, he bagged two goals and two assists in wins against Atlanta United’s DA team and Amateur League Champions FC Terminus. In the past year, he has accumulated 24 goals and 16 assists across 16 matches.

In November at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Chile, Schmid led the USDMNT to their first ever international title, which qualified the USDMNT for the 2020 Deaf World Cup and 2021 Deaflympics. The USDMNT scored 11 goals and allowed only two all tournament. As a Center Forward, Schmid had six goals and two assists, including game winning strikes against Mexico (3-2) and in the Championship match against Argentina (1-0). He earned the Golden Boot as top scorer in the tournament, another first in team history.

He was the starting the left back and one of six players to start and play in all six matches in the 2016 Deaf World Cup at which the U.S. placed sixth out of 16 teams, second highest in USDMNT history at the competition.