CONCACAF 2017 Annual Awards
CONCACAF announced today the winners in the remaining nine categories of the 2017 CONCACAF Awards.
On Sunday, December 17, Alex Morgan and Keylor Navas were announced as CONCACAF Female and Male Players of the year.
In an equally-weighted vote among Member Association womenâ€™s and menâ€™s national team coaches/captains, media and fans, Morgan captured the award for the second consecutive time and third overall, while this is the second honor for Navas.
The winners in the other (male and female) categories are:
Goalkeeper of the Year â€“ Keylor Navas (CRC) and Adrianna Franch (USA); Coaches of the Year â€“ Greg Vanney (USA) and Eva Espejo (MEX); Referees of the Year â€“ Cesar Ramos (MEX) and Lucila Venegas (MEX); Goal of the Year â€“ Amaury Escoto (MEX), in the 85th minute of the match v. CD Guadalajara.
For the second time, the CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award was also presented by the Confederation to the team or individual that best exemplified excellence through performance, and in so doing helped to further elevate CONCACAF to the highest levels of the sport. This yearâ€™s Outstanding Performance Award went to the Panama Men's National Team.
The Best XI squads were also selected, with United States, Costa Rica and Mexico placing a total of 10, 4 and 3 players respectively, on the squads.
MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Keylor Navas (GK) | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)
2. Hirving Lozano (FW) | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED)
3. Andre Blake (GK) | Jamaica; Philadelphia Union (USA)
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Alex Morgan (FW) | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
2. Samantha Kerr (FW) | Australia; Sky Blue FC (USA)
3. Christine Sinclair (FW) | Canada; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
MALE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
1. Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)
3. Andre Blake | Jamaica; Philadelphia Union (USA)
3. Jaime Penedo | Panama; FC Dinamo BucureČ™ti (ROU)
FEMALE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
1. Adrianna Franch | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
2. Ashlyn Harris | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
3. Cecilia Santiago | Mexico; Club America (MEX)
MENâ€™S FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Greg Vanney | United States; Toronto FC (CAN)
2. Hernan Dario Gomez | Colombia; Panama Menâ€™s National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio | Colombia; Mexico Menâ€™s National Team
WOMENâ€™S FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Eva Espejo | Mexico; CF Pachuca (MEX)
2. Roberto Medina | Mexico; Mexico Womenâ€™s National Team
3. Amelia Valverde | Costa Rica; Costa Rica Women's National Team
MALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR
1. Cesar Ramos | Mexico
2. Joel Aguilar | El Salvador
3. Kimbell Ward | Saint Kitts and Nevis
FEMALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR
1. Lucila Venegas | Mexico
2. Carol Anne Chenard | Canada
3. Marianela Araya Cruz | Costa Rica
GOAL OF THE YEAR
1. Amaury Escoto | Mexico; Lobos BUAP (MEX) v. CD Guadalajara (MEX), 85th minute, SEP 26
2. Camila | Brazil; Orlando Pride (USA) v. Houston Dash (USA), 16th minute, JUN 17
3. Ernesto Sinclair | Panama; CD Plaza Amador (PAN) v. CD Arabe Unido (PAN), 88th minute, AUG 20
MALE BEST XI
Keylor Navas | Costa Rica; Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Cristian Gamboa | Costa Rica; Celtic FC (SCO)
Hector Moreno | Mexico; AS Roma (ITA)
Kendall Waston | Costa Rica; Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN)
Roman Torres | Panama; Seattle Sounders FC (USA)
Bryan Ruiz | Costa Rica; Sporting CP (POR)
Christian Pulisic | United States; Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Hector Herrera | Mexico; FC Porto (POR)
Wilde-Donald Guerrier | Haiti; QarabaÄź FK (AZE)
Alberth Elis | Honduras; Houston Dynamo (USA)
Hirving Lozano | Mexico; PSV Eindhoven (NED)
FEMALE BEST XI
Adrianna Franch | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Abby Dahlkemper | United States; North Carolina Courage (USA)
Ali Krieger | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn | United States; FC Kansas City (USA)
Emily Menges | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Allie Long | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Carli Lloyd | United States; Houston Dash (USA)
Jessie Fleming | Canada; UCLA (USA)
Lindsey Horan | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Alex Morgan | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Marta | Brazil; Orlando Pride (USA)
CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award
On the strength of earning its first-ever FIFA World Cup berth, the Panama menâ€™s national team was named Tuesday winner of the 2017 CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award.
Led by head coach Hernan Dario Gomez, the Canaleros finished third in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for Russia 2018, compiling a 3W-4D-3L record. The campaign was highlighted by a 2-1 win over second-place visitor Costa Rica on the last day of play, as defender Roman Torres struck dramatically for the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in normal time.
In 12 of Panamaâ€™s 16 total qualifiers, it conceded one goal or fewer. Panama will become the 11th CONCACAF nation to compete in the World Cup, when the whistles blows to open its encounter against Belgium on June 18, 2018.