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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Christian Pulisic among U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year nominees

After Christian Pulisic's post for the Players' Tribune, the FC crew debate how to improve U.S. player development.
Craig Burley uses his own experience to support Christian Pulisic's comments on how to improve American player development.
As the Christian Pulisic rumours to Bayern Munich continue, the FC panel question if the time is right for the young American.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Christian Pulisic have been nominated for U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, the federation announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on ESPN later this month.

Pulisic, who was named the Young Male Player of the Year a year ago, led the finalists with six goals for the national team in 2017, while also starring for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and Champions League.

Dempsey had five U.S. goals -- three in a hat trick against Hondruas in March -- and was recently named MLS's Comeback Player of the Year after recovering from a heart ailment.

Altidore, last year's winner, and Morris both scored four times for the U.S., with Morris netting a late winner to win the Gold Cup final against Jamaica in July.

But after picking up a hamstring injury in August, Morris was absent as the U.S. lost to Trinidad and Tobago and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Morris could return to start for Seattle in Saturday's MLS Cup final, when he and Dempsey will face off against Altidore and Bradley on Toronto FC.

Josh Sargent is a nominee for the Young Male Player of the Year alongside Tim Weah, Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Jonathan Gonzalez and Erik Palmer-Brown.

Sargent scored three goals at the Under-17 World Cup and four at the Under-20 World Cup, before earning a first call-up to the senior team camp last month.

Weah also starred at the U17 event, while Adams, De la Torre and Palmer-Brown impressed at the U20. Gonzalez was nominated despite his international future remaining unclear, with Mexico continuing to pursue the teenager.

Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Samantha Mewis, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe were nominated as the top women's player.

Carli Lloyd was left off despite being one of three finalists for FIFA's top player in the world.

The nominees for Young Female Player of the Year are Savannah McCaskill, Sophia Smith, Tierna Davidson, Jaelin Howell and Kate Wiesner.

The Disabled Player of the Year nominees are Sean Boyle, Drew Bremer and Kevin Hensley of the Paralympic National Team and Michael Archer of the Power Soccer National Team.

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