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Added December 22nd, 2015 by Ian

Michael Bradley named U.S. Men’s Soccer Player of Year

MLS midfielder Michael Bradley of Toronto FC has been named the U.S. Male Soccer Player of the Year for the first time. Bradley received 176 points and 39 first-place votes from members of the media, players and coaches in the balloting process. Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders, who has won the award three times in the past, was the runner up with 145 points and 33 first-place votes. The 28-year-old Bradley appeared in 18 games with the U.S. national team in 2015 and the squad’s captain scored three goals along with six assists. The six assists were the most for the American men’s team during a calendar year since 2013 when Landon Donovan recorded eight.

Bradley also earned his 100th cap for the national team this year, making him the fourth-youngest player to achieve the feat. His 1,668 minutes of playing time led the team and he’s clearly depended upon by team manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Other players to receive votes for the male player of the year award included goaltender Brad Guzan of English Premier League side Aston Villa, Jozy Altidore of Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, Fabian Johnson of German club Borussia Monchengladbach and DeAndre Yedlin, who played for both Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland of the English Premier League in 2015.

The U.S. men’s team had a disappointing year as it was beaten by Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup and placed fourth in the Gold Cup. Bradley also serves as the captain of Toronto FC and he finished the season with five goals and led the team to the postseason for the first time in the franchise’s history. However, they were eliminated by the Montreal Impact after just one game. In other U.S. Soccer news, 20-year-old defender Matt Miazga of the New York Red Bulls was named the nation’s Young Male Player of the Year for 2015.

Miazga just finished his third pro season and appeared at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand this year along with the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Miazga also made his debut with the men’s senior national team this year when he played against St. Vincent and the Grenadines in a 2018 World Cup qualifying contest. As for female players, Carli Lloyd was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. She scored three goals in the Women’s World Cup Final game and the midfielder has now won the award twice as she also took it home for her play in 2008.

The 33-year-old Lloyd, who plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League, scored a U.S. team and career-high 18 goals this year. She helped the nation win its record third Women’s World Cup as the Americans downed reigning champions Japan 5-2 in the final. Midfielder Mallory Pugh won the Young Female Player of the Year award while Kevin Hensley was the recipient of the Young Disabled Player of the Year honours.

 
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