MAKING THE CASE: Weston McKennie for BioSteel U.S. Soccer Male Player of the YearMcKennie Shined in Big Moments for the USMNT and Juventus to Garner Fourth Consecutive Player of the Year Nomination
Nominated for the fourth-consecutive time, the 2020 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year picked up right where he left off, lifting a trifecta of trophies for club and country.
Before casting your ballot for U.S. Soccer’s 2021 Player of the Year awards, here’s a rundown of McKennie’s body of work for country and club this year:
- At powerhouse Juventus, McKennie became the first U.S. international to win both the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup.
- McKennie played a vital role in the Coppa Italia title, providing the assist to Dejan Kulusevski to open the scoring in Juve’s 2-1 win against Atalanta on May 19.
- Finishing the 2020-21 season with five goals in Serie A, he set a new record for goals by an American in the Italian top-flight and helped Juve to a fourth-place finish and qualification to 2021-22 Champions League.
- The momentum carried into the summer for the United States, where his game-tying goal in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League championship led to a 3-2 extra time victory against Mexico and Man of the Match Honors, along with the title of tournament MVP and a spot on the Best XI.
- McKennie continued to be a nemesis against El Tri, putting the ‘dos’ in Dos a Cero when he scored the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico in the World Cup Qualifier on Nov 12 in Cincinnati.
McKennie was voted 2020 Male Player of the Year. This is his fourth consecutive year as a finalist for the award.