The Young Male Player of the Year award is contested among players under the age of 23. Only one of the five nominees went to the World Cup, won a Supporters' Shield and is already a regular with the United States. Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin is up to be recognized as the best young male in the American system.
His competitors are Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, caps at U20, U23 and the full USMNT), Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy, U18), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics, U17), and Haji Wright (unattached, U17s). Wright was formerly part of the Galaxy Academy, but has declared his intent to sign professionally somewhere else when he's of age.
Yedlin has to be the favorite. In a World Cup year he was one of only seven player to appear in ten or more games with the full National Team. DeAndre didn't just show promise, he proved his effectiveness on the highest field of play.
The list of previous Young Male Player winners is a who's who of players about to be someone. Josh Wolff, Ben Olsen, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson, Benny Feilhaber, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Luis Gil, Gale Agbossoumonde, Brek Shea, Rubio Rubin and Wil Trapp are previous winners.