CHICAGO (Dec. 4, 2014) – DeAndre Yedlin has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year, Morgan Brian has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and Gavin Sibayan has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year.
U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard earned Male Athlete of the Year honors last month and awards season wraps up when FOX Sports 1 announces the Female Athlete of the Year live on Dec. 6 during its coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup Draw from 12-1 p.m. ET. Post-draw coverage continues for an additional 30 minutes on FOX Sports 2, and viewers will have access to the full 90-minute Draw Show via the FOX Sports GO app.
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Yedlin’s star has risen for the past two years, punctuated by a breakout performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he made three appearances that led to a transfer to English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The 21-year-old was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team this year. A Seattle Sounders FC Academy product, Yedlin become a regular in MLS and helped the Sounders capture the league’s Supporters Shield as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
“It’s an absolute honor to win this award,” said Yedlin. “I would like to thank my teammates, my family, and most of all the fans for the amazing support for our team. It was a tremendous year for a lot of young players, and we all share the dream of continuing to have the opportunity to represent our country.”
Brian has earned 13 caps so far in 2014 as the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring two goals and helping the team qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also led Virginia to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup being played tomorrow and tied the NCAA Tournament single-game record with five assists in a first-round victory.
“The group of players who have won this award have gone on to do some great things and to be listed among them is a true honor and very humbling,” said Brian. “The last two years playing with the National Team have been amazing. I’ve been fortunate to have so many talented people around me and I’ve learned so much from all of my teammates and coaches.”
Sibayan, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served in Iraq, played in every game of the 2014 Americas Cup in Canada this past September to help the U.S. Paralympic National Team earn the bronze medal. The Colorado Springs native also helped the U.S. PNT claim second at the 9th International Trophy of 7-a-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain, with an unbeaten run – the first time the team went unbeaten at an international tournament for 10 years.
“I’m honored,” said Sibayan. “I have a lot of pride for the U.S. and it’s a big honor to just play on the team. The group we have assembled is a great bunch of guys. We’re getting better and making some great progress on our team right now.”
The U.S. Soccer Young Male and Young Female Athlete of the Year honors have been awarded since 1998, when forwards Josh Wolf and Cindy Parlow won the respective awards, while the Disabled Athlete of the Year honor was first awarded to Felicia Schroeder in 2012.