Chelsea midfielder and winger Christian Pulisic has been voted U.S. Soccer’s Male Player of the Year, narrowly beating out Seattle Sounders winger Jordan Morris, the federation announced Thursday.
Pulisic hit a milestone for the U.S. men’s national team earlier this year against Chile in March when he became the youngest USMNT player to record 10 goals. He was named the USMNT’s “man of the match” four times this year, more than any other player, and helped lead the USMNT to runner-up in the Concacaf Gold Cup.
On the club side, Pulisic got off to a slow start after a move to Chelsea in August and struggled for playing time. But he eventually broke through and has tallied five goals and four assists in 19 matches.
This is Pulisic’s second time being named U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. He first won it in 2017, becoming the youngest player to do so.
This time around, Pulisic earned 38% of votes, which came from U.S. men’s national team coaches and players, U.S. Soccer’s board of directors, the U.S. Soccer athletes council, and select media members.
Morris, who won the MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders in a breakout comeback this year, earned 35% of the votes. Weston McKinnie of Schalke 04 came in third with 13% of votes.
The U.S. Soccer award has been given out since 1984, and the most wins goes to retired legend Landon Donovan, who has won it four times.