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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic voted U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2019

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic voted U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2019

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The Premier League on Thursday announced that Richard Masters had been appointed their new permanent chief executive having performed the role on an interim basis.

It comes a fortnight after David Pemsel informed the Premier League he would not be taking up the role next year following allegations in the media about his private life.

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Pemsel, the CEO of Guardian Media Group (GMG), had been set to succeed Richard Scudamore in February after his appointment was approved at a shareholders' meeting in October.

Masters' appointment was approved at a special meeting of Premier League clubs on Thursday.

"Richard took on the role of Interim Chief Executive a year ago," Bruce Buck, Chelsea Chairman and Chairman of the Premier League Nominations Committee, said in a statement.

"Since then, the clubs have seen Richard rise to the occasion, dealing with our various stakeholders and partners with aplomb and skill. As interim Chief Executive, he has faced challenges head-on and has proved himself.

"The clubs believe that this is the right appointment now in the long-term interests of the Premier League."

The appointment of Masters, formerly the Premier League's managing director, ends a protracted search for Scudamore's successor. Susanna Dinnage was originally chosen but later declined the role to remain at media organisation Discovery.

Christian Pulisic has been voted U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2019, becoming the youngest two-time winner of the award.

The Chelsea attacker edged out Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordan Morris for the honor, garnering 38% of the vote to Morris' 35%. Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie finished third with 13% of the vote.

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Other nominees included New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long, Fulham defender Tim Ream, and Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes. The six players were nominated for their achievements at both club and international level.

Votes were cast from national team coaches, national team players who have earned a cap in 2019, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes' Council, American soccer league (MLS and USL) head coaches, select media members and former players and administrators.

Pulisic was already the youngest player to win the award back in 2017. Now at 21 years, 85 days, Pulisic is the youngest two-time winner, bettering Landon Donovan who was 22 years, and 293 days when he won for the second time in 2004.

Pulisic is also the seventh player to have won multiple times, joining Donovan (four), Clint Dempsey and Kasey Keller (three each), as well as Jozy Altidore, Marcelo Balboa and Tim Howard.

Pulisic excelled for both club and country in 2019. He scored five goals and added three assists for the U.S., helping the Americans reach the final of the Gold Cup, where he was named to the tournament's Best XI.

In August, he moved to Premier League side Chelsea, where he has become a regular in manager Frank Lampard's lineup. Pulisic has scored six goals and added five assists in 20 league and cup appearances, including a hat trick against Burnley on Oct. 26.

In the first half of the year, Pulisic was on loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, where he tallied three goals along with two assists in 13 appearances across all competitions.

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