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US soccer tabs Altidore, Wambach athletes of year

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Jozy Altidore and Abby Wambach were honored as the men's and women's athletes of the year by U.S. soccer.

The men's Athlete of the Year honor is the first for Altidore. He becomes the 22nd player to earn the award since its inception in 1984.

Altidore set a U.S. men's national team record by scoring a goal in five consecutive matches from June 2 to Aug. 14. His eight goals in 2013 were a career best and tied for a team high.

Wambach earns her sixth women's Athlete of the Year award. Wambach led the U.S. in scoring this year with 11 goals and tied for the team lead in assists with six.

Wambach scored four times in the opening half of a match on June 20 against Korea to increase her goal total to 160. She broke Mia Hamm's record of 158.

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