Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year

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The Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year, formerly known as the Honda Player of the Year, recognizes the best player on the United States Men's National Soccer Team, as chosen by the national sports media.

The award was created by Fútbol de Primera in 1991. Hugo Pérez was the first player to win this award. In order to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this award in 2000, Fútbol de Primera organized a special Honda Player of the Decade Award, which was won by Eric Wynalda. In 2009, Landon Donovan was named Player of the Decade for the 2000s.

Robert M. Garcia, Argentinian-born master jeweler from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, is the artist who created the original one-of-a-kind bronze trophy used for this award. After hand-drawing many possible male soccer players, one was chosen. Then, using a centuries-old bronze sculpture-making technique, the soccer player figure on this unique and beautiful award was created.

This award should not be confused with the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, given annually by the United States Soccer Federation.


Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Reference
1991 Hugo Pérez Tony Meola Marcelo Balboa
1992 Eric Wynalda Marcelo Balboa Tab Ramos
1993 Thomas Dooley Alexi Lalas Tab Ramos
1994 Marcelo Balboa Alexi Lalas Tony Meola
1995 Alexi Lalas John Harkes Marcelo Balboa
1996 Eric Wynalda Kasey Keller Roy Lassiter
1997 Eddie Pope Claudio Reyna Kasey Keller
1998 Cobi Jones Kasey Keller Eddie Pope
1999 Kasey Keller Claudio Reyna Cobi Jones
2000 Claudio Reyna Tony Meola Joe-Max Moore
2001 Earnie Stewart Claudio Reyna Jeff Agoos
2002 Landon Donovan Brad Friedel Claudio Reyna
2003 Landon Donovan Brian McBride Carlos Bocanegra
2004 Landon Donovan DaMarcus Beasley Carlos Bocanegra
2005 Kasey Keller Landon Donovan DaMarcus Beasley
2006 Clint Dempsey Kasey Keller Brian McBride [1]
2007 Landon Donovan Tim Howard Carlos Bocanegra
2008 Landon Donovan Tim Howard Clint Dempsey
2009 Landon Donovan Tim Howard Jozy Altidore
2010 Landon Donovan Michael Bradley Clint Dempsey [2]
2011 Clint Dempsey Tim Howard Landon Donovan [3]
2012 Clint Dempsey Michael Bradley Tim Howard [4]
2013 Jozy Altidore Michael Bradley Landon Donovan [5]
2014 Tim Howard Jermaine Jones Clint Dempsey [6]
2015 Michael Bradley Clint Dempsey Jozy Altidore [7]
2016 Jozy Altidore Christian Pulisic Michael Bradley [8]


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  3. ^ "Dempsey wins Futbol de Primera award as U.S. Soccer player of the year". SBI Soccer. November 2, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dempsey Awarded US Soccer Player Of The Year For 2nd Straight Year". CBS Los Angeles. December 12, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "USMNT: Jozy Altidore awarded Futbol de Primera 2013 Player of the Year". Major League Soccer. December 3, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tim Howard wins Futbol de Primera Player of the Year award". Sports Illustrated. December 4, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ "USA’s Bradley wins Futbol de Primera Player of the Year award". Fox Sports. December 18, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Awards: Altidore named U.S. Player of the Year again". Soccer America. December 23, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2017.