US Soccer picks Columbus' Wil Trap over Shane O'Neill for Young Male Athlete of the Year
Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill will have to settle for the recognition of a top five finish after U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp was named the Federations' Young Male Athlete of the Year.
O'Neill, Trapp, and Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy), and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC) were the five finalists as selected by U.S. Soccer for their outstanding years both on the national team and local clubs. Online votes registered on ussoccer.com counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.
The Boulder, Colo. native O'Neill became a regular in the Rapids back line during 2013, earning an impressive 8-0-8 record in his first 16 starts. Just 19 years old at the start of the 2013 season, O’Neill was named the Colorado Rapids Young Player of the Year for his performance throughout the season, which saw him appear in 26 games. On the international level, O'Neill anchored the U.S. U-20 backline at both the CONCACAF Championships and U-20 World Cup, where he scored the side's only goal in a loss to Ghana.
U-20 MNT midfielder Trapp started all five matches during the U-20 MNT's runner-up performance at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and earned tournament Best XI honors. Trapp's international success translated to his first professional season in Major League Soccer as he started 15 times for his home state Columbus Crew.