Ricardo Pepi’s breakout year added another highlight with the US Soccer Young Male Player of the Year Award.
A month after winning Major League Soccer’s young player award, El Tren beat out Valencia’s Yunus Musah in a vote of capped players, coaches, select media and former national team players, as well as a portion of the vote going to fans for the first time.
Pepi made his USMNT debut in the September window, recording a goal and two assists in Honduras. The Stars and Stripes knocked off Jamaica in Austin behind a Pepi brace, and the 18-year-old has featured in every national team game since.
Away from international duty, Pepi was MLS’ highest scoring American including a hat-trick against LA Galaxy – setting the record for youngest player in league history to score three in the process – and scored the winning penalty in the MLS All Star Game.
The El Paso native pulled in 60% of the vote, ahead of Musah (23%) and Venezia’s Gianluca Busio (11%).
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