The U.S. Soccer Player of the Year is given by the United States Soccer Federation to the American soccer players judged best in the calendar year. It is considered the highest accolade for American soccer players.
The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award originated in 1984, followed by the Female Player of the Year in 1985. Awards for Young Male and Young Female Players were added in 1998.An award for Player of the Year with a Disability was added in 2012.
Public voting for the awards account for 50 percent of the results.The other 50 percent are voted by members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).
|Year||Male Player of the Year||Female Player of the Year||Young Male Player of the Year||Young Female Player of the Year||Player of the Year with a Disability|
|1985||Perry Van der Beck||Sharon McMurtry||—||—||—|
|1986||Paul Caligiuri||April Heinrichs||—||—||—|
|1987||Brent Goulet||Carin Jennings-Gabarra||—||—||—|
|1988||Peter Vermes||Joy Biefield||—||—||—|
|1989||Mike Windischmann||April Heinrichs (2)||—||—||—|
|1990||Tab Ramos||Michelle Akers||—||—||—|
|1991||Hugo Perez||Michelle Akers (2)||—||—||—|
|1992||Marcelo Balboa||Carin Jennings-Gabarra (2)||—||—||—|
|1993||Thomas Dooley||Kristine Lilly||—||—||—|
|1994||Marcelo Balboa (2)||Mia Hamm||—||—||—|
|1995||Alexi Lalas||Mia Hamm (2)||—||—||—|
|1996||Eric Wynalda||Mia Hamm (3)||—||—||—|
|1997||Kasey Keller||Mia Hamm (4)||—||—||—|
|1998||Cobi Jones||Mia Hamm (5)||Josh Wolff||Cindy Parlow||—|
|1999||Kasey Keller (2)||Michelle Akers (3)||Ben Olsen||Lorrie Fair||—|
|2000||Chris Armas||Tiffeny Milbrett||Landon Donovan||Aly Wagner||—|
|2001||Earnie Stewart||Tiffeny Milbrett (2)||DaMarcus Beasley||Aleisha Cramer||—|
|2002||Brad Friedel||Shannon MacMillan||Bobby Convey||Lindsay Tarpley||—|
|2003||Landon Donovan||Abby Wambach||Freddy Adu||Cat Reddick||—|
|2004||Landon Donovan (2)||Abby Wambach (2)||Eddie Johnson||Heather O'Reilly||—|
|2005||Kasey Keller (3)||Kristine Lilly (2)||Benny Feilhaber||Lori Chalupny||—|
|2006||Oguchi Onyewu||Kristine Lilly (3)||Jozy Altidore||Danesha Adams||—|
|2007||Clint Dempsey||Abby Wambach (3)||Michael Bradley||Lauren Cheney||—|
|2008||Tim Howard||Carli Lloyd||Sacha Kljestan||Kristie Mewis||—|
|2009||Landon Donovan (3)||Hope Solo||Luis Gil||Tobin Heath||—|
|2010||Landon Donovan (4)||Abby Wambach (4)||Gale Agbossoumonde||Bianca Henninger||—|
|2011||Clint Dempsey (2)||Abby Wambach (5)||Brek Shea||Sydney Leroux||—|
|2012||Clint Dempsey (3)||Alex Morgan||Rubio Rubin||Julie Johnston||Felicia Schroeder|
|2013||Jozy Altidore||Abby Wambach (6)||Wil Trapp||Lindsey Horan||Rene Renteria|
|2014||Tim Howard (2)||Lauren Holiday||DeAndre Yedlin||Morgan Brian||Gavin Sibayan|
|2015||Michael Bradley||Carli Lloyd (2)||Matt Miazga||Mallory Pugh||Kevin Hensley|
|2016||Jozy Altidore (2)||Tobin Heath||Christian Pulisic||Ashley Sanchez||Adam Ballou|
|2017||Christian Pulisic||Julie Ertz||Josh Sargent||Sophia Smith||Sean Boyle|
|2018||Zack Steffen||Alex Morgan (2)||Alex Mendez||Tierna Davidson||Gracie Fitzgerald|
|2019||Christian Pulisic (2)||Julie Ertz (2)||Sergiño Dest||Brianna Pinto||Nick Mayhugh|
|2020||Weston McKennie||Sam Mewis||Gio Reyna||Naomi Girma||CP Soccer youth players|
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