Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson has been chosen Canada’s male soccer player of the year.
Atiba Hutchinson was runner-up in voting by Canadian media, coaches and clubs. Midfielders Patrice Bernier of the Montreal Impact and Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps were third and fourth, respectively.
Johnson is the 14th winner of the award and the third from MLS ranks, following Dwayne De Rosario and Pat Onstad.
The awards are sponsored by BMO.
It’s been a banner season for Johnson, who was voted to Major League Soccer’s Best XI and the MLS All-Star Fan XI teams.
Johnson led the Timbers to a first-place finish in MLS’s Western Conference with a 14-5-15 record.
The 26-year-old set MLS career marks in goals (9), assists (5), points (23) and minutes played (5,250) in his first season in Portland, playing the full 90 minutes in all 28 regular-season appearances.
On the national team front, he was part of Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad and had one assist in three appearances for Canada. In July,
Toronto-born to English parents, Johnson holds Canadian, American and English citizenship. He moved to England as an infant and then came to the Chicago area at the age of 10.
Canada’s female player of the year will be announced Friday with national team captain Christine Sinclair a favourite to claim the award for a 10th straight year and 11th overall.
Dylan Carreiro and Kadeisha Buchanan were earlier named under-20 players of the year.
Marco Carducci and Sura Yekka took under-17 honours.
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