On the heels of a whirlwind rookie season, the Crew's Wil Trapp has been nominated for the U.S. Soccer Federation's 2013 Young Male Athlete of the Year award. In addition to sharing captain duties for the United States at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, Trapp emerged as a mainstay in the Black & Gold midfield in the second half of the 2013 season. Trapp's competition for the award includes the Colorado Rapids' Shane O'Neill, FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta and U.S. U-17 National Team defenders Shaquell Moore and Erik Palmer-Brown. Past winners of the award include Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.
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Trapp was the consistent backbone of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team throughout the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Trapp scored the game-winning goal during the USA’s 4-2 quarterfinal win against Canada on Feb. 26 to clinch a U-20 World Cup berth. He also earned 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI honors as the U.S. took second place at the tournament in Puebla, Mexico. At the U-20 World Cup, Trapp wore the captain’s armband when the USA posted a 1-1 draw against eventual tournament winner France on June 24. The Gahanna, Ohio, native and former Crew Soccer Academy player completed his first Major League Soccer season with the Columbus Crew, earning 15 starts and recording an assist while manning the central midfield. His MLS debut came on July 7 as he started during the Crew’s 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.