Ricardo Pepi is celebrating a banner year with a special prize…
The 18-year-old Mexican American soccer player and FC Dallas star has been named the 2021 Major League Soccer Young Player of the Year.
He recorded his first MLS hat trick against the LA Galaxy on July 24 and scored twice in games against the New England Revolution (June 27) and Austin FC (Aug. 29).
Pepi received 39.47% of the votes from MLS players, technical staff and media members.
Revolution midfielder Tajon Buchanan was the runner-up at 31.1%.
Pepi has produced 15 goals and four assists in 55 matches (28 starts) since making his MLS debut in 2019.
He also made his debut earlier this year with the United States men’s national team. In six appearances, he has three goals.
The Young Player of the Year award honors the top player in the league age 22 and under. Players born on or before Jan. 1, 1999 were eligible for selection.