After breaking out in a big way for club and country this year, 18-year-old midfielder Benajmin Cremaschi has been named a finalist for 2023 Chipotle U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year.
Fans have the opportunity to vote on select U.S. Soccer End of Year Awards, with the fan vote comprising 15% of the total vote. Nominees for all awards are selected by U.S. Soccer’s technical staff. Voting for the awards starts Monday, Dec. 11 and closes on Monday, Dec. 18. The winners will be announced in the weeks that follow.
Let’s take a look at some of Cremaschi’s highlights from 2023:
- Became a key player for Inter Miami CF this season, playing alongside one of the game’s greatest ever players in Lionel Messi.
- Made his Major League Soccer debut in February and proceeded to make 28 appearances for the Herons while scoring two goals and adding four assists.
- Was instrumental for Miami as it won its first trophy at the 2023 Leagues Cup, playing in all seven matches and starting six while scoring a go-ahead goal vs. FC Dallas in the Round of 16 and adding an assist in the group stage vs. Atlanta United FC. He also netted the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout vs. FC Dallas.
- Helped Miami to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, appearing in all six matches and adding an assist on a go-ahead goal in the thrilling semifinal vs. FC Cincinnati. Sunk the game-winning penalty in the shootout vs. FCC to send Inter to its second final in as many months.
- Parlayed his rise with Miami into his first senior USMNT call-up for the September international window, earning his first cap vs. Oman in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 12.
- Appeared in all four matches for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team this fall as it kicked off its preparation for Paris 2024. Born in 2005, Cremaschi was one of the youngest players called to the Olympic squad and is also age-eligible for Los Angeles 2028.
- Netted the U.S. Men's Olympic Team’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Iraq on Nov. 18.