January 18, 2017
BEST OF CONCACAF
Alex Morgan, Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz named players of year
U.S. national team star Alex Morgan has been named CONCACAF Female Player of the Year for the second time, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced Wednesday.
USWNT members Tobin Heath and Crystal Dunn finished second and third in the balloting, the Orlando Pride’s Ashlyn Harris was named Female Goalkeeper of the Year, and Costa Rica’s Bryan Ruiz was named Male Player of the Year in a vote among national team captains, coaches, fans and media.
Morgan, now with Olympique Lyon in France, won the inaugural CONCACAF award in 2013. Morgan tied with Carli Lloyd as the USA's top scorer with 17 goals last year, scoring five times in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship and twice in the Olympics, also netting four goals in 15 games for the Pride.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis finished second and U.S. U-20 coach Michelle French finished third, behind Costa Rica’s Amelia Valverde for Female Coach of the Year
Ruiz, 31, helped Sporting to a runner-up spot in the 2015/16 Portuguese Primeira Liga and a berth in the UEFA Champions League and Costa Rica to a first-place finish in Group B in the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, scoring in a 3-0 win over Jamaica, and playing in all three of the Ticos' games in the Copa America Centenario. Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas was named Male Goalkeeper of the Year and finished third in balloting for Male Player of the Year, Mexico’s Hirving Lozano finishing second.
The Outstanding Performance Award winner was to the Canadian Women's National Team and coach John Herdman.
CONCACAF Male Player of the Year
1. Bryan Ruiz (MF/FW) | Costa Rica; Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
2. Hirving Lozano (FW/MF) | Mexico; C.F. Pachuca (MEX)
3. Keylor Navas (GK) | Costa Rica; Real Madrid C. F. (ESP)
CONCACAF Female Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (FW) | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Tobin Heath (MF) | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
3. Crystal Dunn (FW) | United States; Washington Spirit (USA)
CONCACAF Male Best IX
Keylor Navas | Costa Rica, Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Ronald Matarrita | Costa Rica; New York City FC (USA)
Wes Morgan | Jamaica; Leicester City FC (ENG)
Rafael Márquez | Mexico; Club Atlas (MEX)
Miguel Layún | Mexico; FC Porto (POR)
Christian Bolaños | Costa Rica; Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN)
Atiba Hutchinson | Canada; Besiktas JK (TUR)
Andrés Guardado | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Hirving Lozano | Mexico; CF Pachuca (MEX)
André-Pierre Gignac | France; Tigres UANL (MEX)
Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica; Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
CONCACAF Female Best XI
Ashlyn Harris | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Ali Krieger | United States; Washington Spirit (USA)
Kadeisha Buchanan | Canada; West Virginia University (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn | United States; FC Kansas City (USA)
Ashley Lawrence | Canada; West Virginia University (USA)
MidfieldersGloriana Villalobos | Costa Rica; Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
Carli Lloyd | United States; Houston Dash (USA)
Shirley Cruz | Costa Rica; Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Tobin Heath | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Alex Morgan | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Christine Sinclair | Canada; Portland Thorns (USA)
CONCACAF Male Coach of the Year
1. Óscar Ramírez | Costa Rica National Team
2. Ricardo Ferretti | Tigres UANL (MEX)
3. Diego Alonso | C.F. Pachuca (MEX)
CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year
1. Amelia Valverde | Costa Rica National Team
2. Jill Ellis | United States National Team
3. Michelle French | United States Under-20 National Team
CONCACAF Male Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid C. F. (ESP)
2. Alfredo Talavera | Mexico; Deportivo Toluca F.C. (MEX)
3. Nahuel Guzmán | Argentina; Tigres UANL (MEX)
CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Ashlyn Harris | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Stephanie Labbé | Canada; Washington Spirit (USA)
3. Yoselin Franco | Guatemala; UNIFUT (GUA)
CONCACAF Goal of the Year
1. Jesús Corona | MEXICO v Venezuela, 80'
2. Eduardo Herrera | PUMAS UNAM (MEX) v CD Honduras Progreso (HON), 66'
3. Alexander Larín | ALIANZA FC (SLV) v New York Red Bulls (USA), 54'