December 22, 2016
PREMIER FOR PRIMERA
Altidore named Futbol de Primera player of year
The honors and awards just keep on rolling in for former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore.
|Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore scored six goals in 10 international matches for the USA in 2016.
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Recently crowned as the U.S. Soccer male player of the year, the Toronto FC forward Thursday was named winner of Fútbol de Primera for 2016 player of the year award.
The 27-yearold Altidore won the award for the second time. He received 223 points in voting by media, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder-forward Christian Pulisic finished second with 111 points and Toronto FC and U.S. national team captain and midfielder Michael Bradley (29) placed third with 84 points.
A player receives three points for each first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. In order to be eligible for the award, a player must have played in a minimum of three games for the national team during the calendar year.
Altidore earned 10 caps this year, scoring six times. Since making his international debut in 2007, he has found the back of the net 37 times in 99 games. He began his pro career at the age of 26 with the Red Bulls. In 2008, he joined Villarreal (Spain). Altidore went on to play with Xerez (Spain), Hull City (England), Bursaspor (Turkey) and AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands).
In 2013 he moved to England to play with Sunderland (2013-2015) before joining MLS Cup runner-up Toronto FC.
This ws the fourth time was a finalist for the Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year Award.
Pulisic made 11 international appearances in 2016 in which he scored three goals in his first year with the U.S. In April, he became the youngest foreigner to score a goal in the Bundesliga and on Sept. 2, Pulisic became the youngest American player to score a goal in a World Cup qualifier.
Bradley secured 17 caps this year and consistently has been one of the best U.S. players. Bradley, who made his international debut in 2006, was a finalist for the fifth time for the award.
Bradley, who has 126 caps, started his pro career in 2004 with the MetroStars.
In 2006 he moved to The Netherlands to play with the Heerenveen. In 2008 he joined Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany) and in 2011 he was loaned to England to play with Aston Villa. He moved to Italy where he played with Chievo (2011-2012) and with Roma (2012-2014). Bradley joined Toronto FC in 2015.