Weston McKennie voted U.S. Soccer male player of the year

At 22, McKennie is the fourth youngest to win the award behind Christian Pulisic, Landon Donovan and Peter Vermes.

United States and Juventus midfielder, Weston McKennie. - REUTERS

Midfielder Weston McKennie has won the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award for the pandemic-abbreviated schedule.

McKennie, of Little Elm, Texas, appeared in two of three U.S. games in 2020, earning man of the match at Wales last month. At 22, he is the fourth youngest to win the award behind Christian Pulisic, Landon Donovan and Peter Vermes.

McKennie received 44 percent of the votes, Pulisic 27 percent and Sergiũo Dest 14 percent.

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Pulisic won the award at 19 in 2017 and 21 last year, Donovan at 21 in 2003 and Vermes at 22 in 1988.

Votes were cast by national team coaches, players who attended a camp in 2020, the U.S. Soccer Federation board of director and athletes council, Major League Soccer and United Soccer Leagues coaches, select media, former players and administrators.