December 3, 2013
JOZY WINS IT
Altidore named Player of the Year by Fútbol de Primera
SAN FRANCISCO - US National Team forward Jozy Altidore has won the 2013 Player of the Year Award, presented by Fútbol de Primera and chosen by journalists from across the nation.
The 24-year old Altidore wins the award a week after being named U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year. Altidore received a total of 233 points, while Michael Bradley (26) finished second with 176 points and Landon Donovan (31) placed third with 127 points.
A player receives three points for each first-place vote, two points for each second-place vote, and one point for each third-place vote. In order to be eligible for the Player of the Year Award, a player must have played in a minimum of three (3) games for the U.S. National Team during the calendar year.
Altidore has fourteen caps this year and scored eight goals. H
Altidore started his professional soccer career in 2006 at the age of 16 with the MLS’s New York Red Bulls. In 2008, he went on to play for Villarreal (Spain). Then he played with Xerez (Spain), Hull City (England), Bursaspor (Turkey) and AZ Alkmaar (Holland). This year he signed a four year contract with Sunderland of the English Premier League.
Since its inception, the Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year Award has honored 13 different players:
Landon Donovan (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003 and 2002), Clint
Clint Dempsey (2012, 2011 and 2006), Kasey Keller (2005, 1999), Earnie Stewart (2001), Claudio Reyna (2000), Cobi Jones (1998), Eddie Pope (1997), Eric Wynalda (1996, 1992), Jozy Altidore (2013), Alexi Lalas (1995), Marcelo Balboa (1994), Thomas Dooley (1993) and Hugo Perez (1991).