Rubin up for Young Male Athlete of the Year

 CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2012) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2012 Male, Young Male and Disabled Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for finalists in each of these three categories on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page throughout the week. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 19. Voting for Female and Young Female Athletes of the Year will run from Nov. 26-30.


Forward Terrence Boyd, midfielder Joe Corona, defender Shaquell Moore, forward Rubio Rubin and midfielder Danny Williams all earn their first nominations for Young Male Athlete of the Year. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in their career.


The winner of this aware will be in great company: previous winners of the Young Male Athlete of the Year include Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Brek Shea. 

Portland's own Rubio Rubin has spent the last year training at the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., after honing his skills at the Westside Timbers. He is also the recipient of the Timbers Army Gisele Currier Memorial Scholarship. A creative attacking player that can play in any position across the front line, Rubin is one of the team’s leading goal-scorers with eight goals so far during the 2012 calendar year. His commitment and work ethic, one-on-one skills, willingness to defend and a positive approach to the game help him stand out as a key player for U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams. As the year stretches on, Rubin seems to keep improving, scoring in four straight matches from Oct. 6-25. 


The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the first year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.


Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).