December 4, 2014
YEDLIN, BRIAN BEST YOUNG AMERICANS
Gavin Sibayan is top Disabled athlete
CHICAGO - DeAndre Yedlin and Morgan Brian have been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year, and Gavin Sibayan has been voted 2014 U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year.
Yedlin's star has risen for the past two years, punctuated by a breakout performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he made three appearances that led to a transfer to English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The 21-year-old was one of seven players to make at least 10 appearances for the U.S. Men's National Team this year. A Seattle Sounders FC Academy product, Yedlin became a regular in MLS and helped the Sounders capture the league's Supporters Shield, as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
Brian has earned 13 caps in 2014 as the youngest member of the U.S. Women's National Team, scoring two goals and helping the team qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She has also led Virginia to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup and tied the NCAA Tournament single-game record with five assists in a first-round victory.
Sibayan, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served in Iraq, played in every game of the 2014 Americas Cup in Canada in September to help the U.S. Paralympic National Team earn the bronze medal. The Colorado Springs, Colo. native also helped the U.S. PNT claim second at the 9th International Trophy of 7-a-Side Football in Barcelona, Spain, with an unbeaten run through the competition, the first time the team went unbeaten at an international tournament for 10 years.
The U.S. Soccer Young Male and Young Female Athlete of the Year honors have been awarded since 1998, when forwards Josh Wolf and Cindy Parlow won the respective awards, while the Disabled Athlete of the Year honor was first awarded to Felicia Schroeder in 2012.