U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
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The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. The U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. It is the longest running major American soccer award.
Traditionally, online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. The other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).
This award should not be confused with the Honda Player of the Year award chosen annually by the United States national sports media.
U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year
- U.S. Soccer Federation. "Athlete of the Year Award". www.ussoccer.com.
- U.S. Soccer Federation. "Voting Underway for 2011 Best of U.S. Soccer and Athlete of the Year Awards". www.ussoccer.com.