In addition to the five nominees for Best MLS Player, the 18-year-old Pulisic is nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete after scoring five goals so far in 2018 World Cup Qualifying. And D.C. United rookie Ian Harkes is nominated for Best College Athlete after helping Wake Forest to the 2016 NCAA College Cup final.
Here are the contenders for Best MLS Player:
- Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union
- Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders FC
- Matt Hedges, FC Dallas
- David Villa, New York City FC
- Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
There's no chance of a repeat winner, since 2016 recipient Sebastian Giovinco did not receive a nomination.