December 22, 2015
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
U.S. Soccer honors Michael Bradley
CHICAGO Ė U.S. captain Michael Bradley has been voted the U.S. Soccer male player of the year, with the announcement taking place earlier Tuesday on ESPNís SportsCenter.
This is Bradleyís first time winning the award, having previously been honored as the young male player of the year in 2007.
The two-time World Cup veteran also captains Toronto FC, which reached the Major League Soccer playoffs for the first time in club history.
ďItís an honor to be selected amongst this group of players,Ē Bradley said in a statement. ďThis has been a challenging year for our team, yet we continue to understand the opportunity we have to represent the United States and know how important it is that we give everything we have every time we step on the field. Thatís what means the most to me, and at the same time I certainly appreciate this recognition.Ē
A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from menís national team players who earned a cap in 2015, menís national team and youth menís national team coaches, MLS and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.
Bradley received 43 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Fabian Johnson (33 percent) and Clint Dempsey (20 percent).
The U.S. captain earned his 100th cap this year making him the fourth youngest MNT player to do so.
Recording up a team-leading 1,668 minutes, the Princeton, N.J.-native led the squad with a career-high six assists while also scoring three goals. Against the Netherlands and Germany, he earned man of the match honors in the road victories against the No. 6-ranked team and the reigning World Cup champions, respectively. Bradley also earned the armband for Toronto FC, appearing 28 times and added five goals.
The U.S. Soccer male player of the year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis earned the inaugural honor.