US Soccer announces nominees for Young Male Players of the Year


After a big 2021 for USMNT, US Soccer announced its nominees for Young Male Player of the Year. The athletes who will win the prize are George Bello, Jesus Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Gianluca Busio and Yunus Musah.

Bello started in 26 of 29 games this season for Atlanta United, scoring once and assisting three goals. The 19-year-old made five international appearances for USMNT 2021, including a performance in the Gold Cup final against Mexico.

Jesus Ferreira played for USMNT in January, scoring two goals and three assists against Trinidad and Tobago. The 20-year-old scored eight goals and nine assists for FC Dallas during the 2021 MLS season.

FC Dallas and USMNT character Ricardo Pepi apparently had an outstanding campaign in 2021. Pepi became an international sensation and famous name. After deciding to join the USMNT over Mexico in August, he became a stable figure for the American side.

Pepi scored one goal and two assists in his Stars and Stripes debut against Honduras in September. The 18-year-old led FC Dallas in goal with 13 goals and three assists.

Gianluca Busio can not be overlooked for the price. He had a fantastic year after leaving Sporting Kansas City for Venice for a reported fee of $ 6.5 million, which rose to $ 10.5 million in potential additions. He scored his first Serie A goal in a match against Cagliari on 1 October.

Busio made his USMNT senior debut in the team’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match with Haiti in July. He quickly became a staple of head coach Gregg Berhalter during the following international window.

Finally, Yunus Musah undertook to officially represent the United States at national level over England in March. The Valencia CF midfielder has made 12 La Liga appearances during the 2021-22 campaign, including two starts for the club.

Voting on the prize will begin on Monday, December 6 at 11.00 ET and closes on 12 December at 23.59 ET. The winner will be announced later this month.

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