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Atiba Hutchinson named Canada’s male soccer player of the year

Atiba Hutchinson

STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR Atiba Hutchinson runs for a loose ball in front of Roberto Linares as Canada beats Cuba 3-0 in the third round of FIFA World Cup qualifying at BMO Field in Toronto. October 12, 2012

Midfielder Atiba Hutchinson is Canada’s male soccer player of the year.

The 29-year-old Canadian international from Brampton, who plays for PSV Eindhoven of the top Dutch league, was given the award Wednesday.

The highlight of Hutchinson’s 2012 season with Canada came in September when he set up Dwayne De Rosario for his record-setting 20th goal in the Maple Leaf shirt in a 1-0 win over Panama at BMO Field in World Cup qualifying. The Canadians were later ousted by an 8-1 loss in Honduras.

In Europe, Hutchinson returned from an injury-riddled 2011 to help PSV finish third in the league standings last season, just missing a spot in the UEFA Champions League. So far this season, he has two goals and three assists in 16 matches as the club sits atop the Dutch league table.

Hutchinson also won the award in 2010.

Christine Sinclair, captain of Canada’s Olympic bronze-medal winning women’s team, won her ninth straight female player of the year Tuesday.

thestar.com – Sports