Atiba Hutchinson named Canadian male player of the year
By QMI Agency
|PSV Eindhoven's Atiba Hutchinson (L) controls the ball as Rangers' Maurice Edu challenges during their Europa League round of 16, second leg soccer match in Glasgow, Scotland March 17, 2011. (REUTERS)
Atiba Hutchinson has been named Canada’s male soccer player of the year for the second time in three years.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Wednesday that the 29-year-old, who was instrumental in Canada’s run to within a game of CONCACAF’s final round of World Cup qualifying this year, was voted by media and Canadian coaches as Canada’s best in 2012.
The Ontario native has played a key role in seeing PSV Eindhoven atop the Dutch league this winter, registering two goals and three assists in 16 league matches.
“The last couple of months have been going pretty well for me,” Hutchinson said. “It’s a very big achievement.”
Despite suffering through Canada’s humiliating World Cup exit in Honduras this fall, Hutchinson said he’s not pondering international retirement.
“It’s not something that has crossed my mind,” the midfielder said. “I would like to be involved if I’m called upon.”
Although he said he’s looking to extend his career in Europe over the next couple of years, Hutchinson is open to an eventual MLS move.
“I would definitely like to experience (MLS),” he said. “If that was to come about I would definitely be open to that.”