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By DAN KARELL
In addition to a record year that saw U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and goalkeeper Tim Howard win the Hexagonal with a record amount of points, both of them took home year-end awards from CONCACAF.
In the first-ever CONCACAF awards, Klinsmann was named Coach of the Year, Howard was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year, and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan earned Female Player of the Year, ahead of teammate Abby Wambach. USMNT forward Landon Donovan finished second in the Male Player of the Year award voting behind Mexico’s Oribe Peralta, while Clint Dempsey finished third.
The only other American to finish in the top three for an award was USMNT forward Jozy Altidore, who finished third in Goal of the Year honors for his goal against Honduras on June 18.
Here’s a look at the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards:
CONCACAF AWARD WINNERS
Male Player of the Year
Winner: Oribe Peralta – Santos Laguna/Mexico
Second Place: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy/USA
Third Place: Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders/USA
Female Player of the Year
Winner: Alex Morgan – Portland Thorns/USA
Second Place: Abby Wambach – Western NY Flash/USA
Third Place: Shirley Cruz – PSG/Costa Rica
Goalkeeper of the Year
Winner: Tim Howard – Everton/USA
Second Place: Raul Gudiño – Mexico U-17
Third Place: Keylor Navas – Levante/Spain
Coach of the Year
Winner: Jurgen Klinsmann – USA
Second Place: Miguel Herrera – Club America/Mexico
Third Place: Luis Fernando Suarez – Honduras
Referee of the Year
Winner: Marco Antonio Rodriguez – Mexico
Second Place: Roberto Garcia – Mexico
Third Place: Courtney Campbell – Jamaica
Goal of the Year
Winner: Raul Jimenez – Mexico vs. Panama, Oct. 11, 2013
Second Place: Juan Carlos Garcia – Honduras vs. USA, Feb. 6, 2013
Third Place: Jozy Altidore – USA vs. Honduras, June 18, 2013
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