Major League Soccer

Steffen voted USSF male player of year

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen makes a save on a penalty kick from Toronto FC midfielder Victor Vazquez, not shown, during the first half of an Eastern Conference MLS final playoff soccer game in Toronto. American goalkeeper Zack Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in July. The Crew said Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, that Steffen will join City when the summer transfer window opens July 9.(Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) Goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year for 2018, the first year since 1987 the Americans did not play a competitive match.

Steffen received 44 percent of the votes, followed by midfielders Tyler Adams (38 percent) and Weston McKennie (16 percent), the USSF said Tuesday.

Interim coach Dave Sarachan mostly bypassed veterans and went with youth following the Americans' failure to qualify for the World Cup. Gregg Berhalter replaced Sarachan this month.


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