Altidore, Wambach named 2013 U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year
Remember when Jozy Altidore couldn’t score for the USA? That was so 2012.
Altidore’s landmark 2013 campaign had him claim U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year honors for the first time, the federation announced Wednesday, ending Clint Dempsey’s two-year run. Altidore scored eight goals for the USA in 2013 on the heels of a record-setting 2012-13 season abroad, when he tallied 31 times for AZ Alkmaar prior to his move to Sunderland.
After breaking his lengthy scoring drought for the USA against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., last May, Altidore caught fire. He went on to score in a U.S.-record five straight games, which coincided with the USA finding its groove in World Cup qualifying and eventually finishing atop the CONCACAF Hexagonal. The pick of the litter may have been his hat trick in Sarajevo against World Cup-bound Bosnia & Herzegovina, a game that the U.S. won 4-3 after battling back from a 2-0 deficit.
Abby Wambach, meanwhile, broke Mia Hamm’s all-time women’s international goal-scoring record and was named Female Athlete of the Year for the sixth time (breaking her and Hamm’s previous record of five). Wambach tallied four times in the first half against South Korea on June 20 at Red Bull Arena to break Hamm’s mark of 158. She now has 163 goals and is on the short list for a second consecutive FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award.
U.S. Soccer compiled highlight videos for both players for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy: