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Christian Pulisic wins U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year for fourth time

Christian Pulisic has been named U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year for the fourth time.

The AC Milan forward, 25, also won the honour in 2017, 2019 and 2021 and ties Landon Donovan for the most wins by a USMNT player.

“It’s an honor to win this award again for the fourth time,” Pulisic said. “It was an incredible season for me. I always enjoy playing with the national team and winning more trophies with the national team. Of course, coming here to AC Milan, it’s been just a really exciting year. I’ve enjoyed it so much, so I’m really grateful to win an award like this.”

“Any of the nominees could have won it. Not even just those guys, names outside of that as well who have been putting in such strong performances on the club level and with the national team. I’m really proud of how far this group has come and looking forward to some really big events coming up in the next years.”

“If you’re joining Landon on anything regarding the national team, you’re doing something right,” Pulisic said. “He’s a legend. I looked up to him, so I’m grateful to be in that conversation. I’m hoping to continue to push, and hopefully it will not be the last.”

It was also announced that USMNT and Wolfsburg forward Kevin Paredes has been voted the U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year after a breakout campaign at international and club level.

The 20-year-old earned his senior USMNT debut in 2023 as well as shining for the U-20s national team and catching the eye in the Bundesliga.

“It’s an honor to be named Young Male Player of the Year and I’m truly happy to be able to play for the country that gave me and my family so many opportunities,” Paredes said.

“Looking at past winners, I know how privileged I am to be named amongst some of the greatest to ever play for our country. I enjoy every moment wearing the red, white and blue and I look forward to continuing to represent the United States at a high standard.”

Pulisic earned 53 per cent of the overall vote, followed by AC Milan team-mate Yunus Musah (21.5%) and Ricardo Pepi of PSV Eindhoven (12.9%).

For Young Male Player of the Year, Paredes took 59 per cent, followed by Inter Miami’s Benjamin Cremaschi (12%) and Gianluca Busio of Venezia (10.8%).

Votes for both awards are collected from national team coaches, USMNT players who earned a cap in 2023, members of the U.S. Soccer board of directors, U.S. Soccer athletes’ council, professional league head coaches and sporting directors, select media members and former players and administrators.

(Erin Chang/ISI Photos/USSF/Getty Images for USSF)

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