Yunus Musah has been voted the 2022 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year after logging essentially the most minutes and begins for a youngster in group historical past, in addition to taking part in an important position on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
This was the third time Musah was nominated for the award after making his senior worldwide debut for the U.S. in 2020, and he secured a whopping 83.9% of the general tabulated votes, adopted by Paxten Aaronson (8.8%) and Diego Kochen (3.4%).
Musah was knowledgeable of the respect by way of a shock video name from four-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley, who gained the award in 2001 as a 19-year-old.
“It feels crazy to think out of all people that I was the one chosen to be the Young Male Player of the Year,” Musah stated. “To get this award is really huge. I’ve said it many times — I’ve had the trust from the manager, the team, the U.S. to play so many games at this young age. It shows me that I just have to carry on the way I’m doing, keep being humble and keep working hard to try and be more. As a player, you just want to keep improving.”
Musah began all 4 matches for the United States in Qatar alongside captain Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie. The Valencia midfielder grew to become the primary teenager to start out a World Cup match for the U.S., in addition to the primary to seem in a number of matches, as he logged 345 minutes out of a potential 360 in the course of the event.
Earlier than his twentieth birthday on Nov. 29, the day of the USA’s knockout round-clinching victory vs. IR Iran on the World Cup, Musah’s 1578 minutes performed and 20 begins set new data for a youngster with the USMNT, whereas his 21 caps equaled the earlier mark set by Jozy Altidore and Christian Pulisic.
With Spanish La Liga aspect Valencia, Musah made 39 appearances whereas netting one objective and including two assists throughout all competitions in 2022. He grew to become the second U.S. worldwide to seem within the Spanish Copa del Rey Remaining, coming off the bench in Valencia’s penalty shootout defeat to Actual Betis.
“To the fans from when they started the ‘Can’t spell Musah without USA thing’, through qualifiers and the World Cup, I feel like the fans have been behind me for so long — since before I even did anything in football,” Musah stated. “As we went on playing games and they enjoyed the way I was playing and everything — I’d just like to say thank you for their unbelievable support and their trust since day one. The fans of the USMNT are great and I love them.”
Votes for U.S. Soccer Male and Young Male Player of the Year Awards are collected from respective Nationwide Workforce coaches, Nationwide Workforce gamers who’ve earned a cap in 2021, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Administrators, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, skilled league (MLS and USL) head coaches, choose media members and former gamers and directors. For the second time, followers have been in a position to vote for the U.S. Soccer Player and Young Player of the Year Awards with these votes weighted at 15% of the entire.