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US Soccer announces nominees for Male, Female Player of the Year

Megan Rapinoe and Christian Pulisic headline the list of nominees.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe, the golden boot and golden ball winner, poses with midfielder Rose Lavelle, the bronze ball winner after the Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP/Getty)

With the 2019 schedule behind both the United States men’s and women’s national teams, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday the nominees for its Male and Female Player of the Year awards.

The six Female Player of the Year nominees were members of the team that won the World Cup in France. The tournament’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe was joined by Bronze Ball winner Rose Lavelle and Silver Boot winner Alex Morgan. Julie Ertz, who with them was part of the FIFPro World 11, as well as Alyssa Naeher and Carli Lloyd were nominated. Ertz, Morgan, and Lloyd have previously won the award.

The Male Player of the Year nominees are comprised of players who played consistently under Gregg Berhalter in his first year as the men’s national team coach. Aaron Long, who led the team with starts in 2019, made the cut, as did fellow defender Tim Ream. Midfielder Weston McKennie also received a nomination after scoring five goals and picking up two assists in 2019, as did Christian Pulisic after five goals and three assists in 2019. They are joined by forwards Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes. Pulisic is the only previous winner of the group.

The winner will be decided by a voting body made up of the head coaches of the national teams, players who have earned a cap in 2019, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athletes’ Council, head coaches from National Women’s Soccer League, Major League Soccer, and United Soccer League teams, select members of the media, selected former players and administrators, along with select women’s college soccer coaches.

The voting period is now open, and will close December 6. Winners are scheduled to be announced by U.S. Soccer in the second week of December.

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