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Sunderland's Altidore lands US Player of the Year award

Jozy Altidore has been named US Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.

The 24-year old Sunderland striker capped off a stellar year for the US which saw him help them team qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Altidore scored eight goals in 18 appearances including four in WC qualifying while setting a US record by scoring a goal in five consecutive matches from June 2 to August 14.

The former AZ Alkmaar star becomes the 22nd player to take out the award and just the second to win both the Young Male Athlete of the Year (won in 2006) and Male Athlete of the Year honors, joining LA Galaxy and national team star Landon Donovan.

Other award winners recognized by US Soccer include: Abby Wambach as the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year, Wil Trapp as the 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year, Lindsey Horan as the 2013 Young Female Athlete of the Year and Rene Renteria as the 2013 Disabled Athlete of the Year.

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