Chicago Fire FC goalkeeper Chris Brady has been nominated for the U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year Award, as announced by U.S. Soccer on Thursday.
After a stellar season in net, Brady has been nominated for the award alongside Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Diego Kochen (FC Barcelona), Yunus Musah (Valencia), and Josh Wynder (Louisville City).
Among Brady’s accolades this season, the 18-year-old backstopper won the Golden Glove Award and the U-20 CONCACAF Title with the Under-20 U.S. Men’s Youth National Team at the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Honduras. Brady made his mark with six starts in goal and managed to not concede any goals during the knockout round.
On the club side, Brady made his mark in the inaugural season of MLS NEXT Pro as he made 12 starts and finished the season with five clean sheets for Chicago Fire II. With that success, he was awarded his first Major League Soccer start on Oct. 9, and made four saves in his first team debut to preserve a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for Brady as U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year awards on ussoccer.com. The fan vote will account for 15 percent of the overall vote tally, with the rest coming from National Team players, coaches, media, and other constituents.
Voting began on Dec. 15 and concludes on Dec. 22 at 10:59 p.m. CT. The winners will then be announced in January 2023.
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