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Pulisic named USMNT Player of the Year after memorable 2021 for Chelsea star

07:17 IST 19/12/2021
Christian Pulisic USMNT 2021
The forward has won the honor three times in his young career

Christian Pulisic has been named the United States men's national team Player of the Year for 2021, the third time he has won the award.

The Chelsea star delivered two of the most memorable goals of the year for his nation, scoring the winner in the Nations League final against Mexico before netting in World Cup qualifying again against El Tri in November.

Pulisic's celebrations - a shush and a custom shirt - added to the legend of his 2021.

USMNT awards for Pulisic and Pepi

In addition to Pulisic, striker Ricardo Pepi won male Young Player of the Year.

Pepi broke onto the scene in MLS to earn his first call-up to the USMNT, and he scored three goals to go along with three assists in six World Cup qualifying appearances.

Highlights of Pulisic's season

The goals against Mexico from the Nations League and World Cup qualifying will be etched into the minds of USMNT fans for quite some time (videos available to watch for U.S. audiences).

Other three-time Player of the Year winners

At 23 years old, Pulisic becomes the youngest three-time USMNT Player of the Year. He also took home the honors in 2017 and 2019.

The others to have won the award three times are Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011, 2012), Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) and Kasey Keller (1997, 1999, 2005).

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