American internationals Tim Howard and Michael Bradley have been named to the CONCACAF Best XI, the federation announced Friday afternoon in a press release. Additionally, Howard was also awarded Male Goalkeeper of the Year.
The 36-year old Howard is starting in goal for Everton for his 10th straight season. During the current English Premier League campaign, Howard has made 22 Premier League appearances, while only featuring twice for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Bradley was named to the Best XI after taking the captaincy of the national team in 2015. The Toronto FC midfielder scored three goals for the USMNT, two of which came in the 2015 Gold Cup where the U.S. were knocked out in the semifinal round.
After an impressive 2015 after transferring to Bayer Leverkusen, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was named CONCACAF Male Player of the Year.
The Mexican international scored three goals in five appearances for El Tri in the 2015 calendar year, but it was his club form toward the end of the year that led to the honor. Hernandez has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga, while also contributing five Champions League goals in six appearances.
On the women’s side, Carli Lloyd took home CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year honors, while fellow American teammate Hope Solo was named Goalkeeper of the Year. USWNT head coach Jill Ellis also captured Coach of the Year for her role in the team’s 2015 success.
Here’s a full breakdown of all the CONCACAF awards handed out:
CONCACAF MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Javier Hernandez (FW/MEX); Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
2. Bryan Ruiz (FW/CRC); Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
3. Andres Guardado (MF/MEX); PSV Eindhoven (NED)
CONCACAF FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Carli Lloyd (MF/USA); Houston Dash (USA)
2. Alex Morgan (FW/USA); Orlando Pride (USA)
3. Shirley Cruz (MF/CRC); Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
CONCACAF MALE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
1. Tim Howard (GK/USA); Everton FC (ENG)
2. Jaime Penedo (GK/PAN); Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
3. Guillermo Ochoa (GK/MEX); Malaga FC (ESP)
CONCACAF FEMALE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
1. Hope Solo (GK/USA); Seattle Reign FC (USA)
2. Dinnia Diaz (GK/CRC); Moravia (CRC)
3. Cecilia Santiago (GK/MEX); Apollon Limassol (CYP)
CONCACAF MALE COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Hernan Dario Gomez (COL); Panama National Team
2. Caleb Porter (USA); Portland Timbers (USA)
3. Miguel Herrera (MEX); Club Tijuana (MEX)
CONCACAF FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Jill Ellis (USA); United States Women’s National Team
2. Amelia Valverde (CRC); Costa Rica Women’s National Team
3. Raiza Gutierrez (PAN); Panama Women’s National Team/Panama Women’s Under-20 National Team
CONCACAF MALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR
1. Joel Aguilar (SLV)
2. Roberto Garcia (MEX)
3. Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
CONCACAF FEMALE REFEREE OF THE YEAR
1. Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
2. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
CONCACAF GOAL OF THE YEAR
1. Carli Lloyd (USA); USA vs. Japan (16′)
2. Paul Aguilar (MEX); Mexico vs. USA (120+2′)
3. Darwin Quintero (COL); Club America vs. Walter Ferretti (13′)
CONCACAF MALE BEST XI
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (GK/USA); Everton FC (ENG)
Defenders: Roman Torres (DF/PAN), Seattle Sounders FC (USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (DF/CRC), US Citta di Palermo (ITA); Hector Moreno (DF/MEX), PSV Eindhoven (NED); Miguel Layun (DF/MEX), FC Porto (POR)
Midfielders: Andres Guardado (MF/MEX), PSV Eindhoven (NED); Michael Bradley (MF/USA), Toronto FC (CAN); Joel Campbell (MF/CRC), Arsenal FC (ENG); Jesus Corona (MF/MEX), FC Porto (POR)
Forwards: Javier Hernandez (FW/MEX), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER); Bryan Ruiz (FW/CRC), Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
CONCACAF FEMALE BEST XI
Goalkeepers: Hope Solo (GK/USA), Seattle Reign FC (USA)
Defenders: Kenti Robles (DF/MEX), Atletico Madrid (ESP); Becky Sauerbrunn (DF/USA), FC Kansas City FC (USA); Lixy Rodriguez (DF/CRC), UCEM Alajuela (CRC); Diana Saenz (DF/CRC), University of South Florida (USA)
Midfielders: Carli Lloyd (MF/USA), Houston Dash (USA); Shirley Cruz (MF/CRC), Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA); Katherine Alvarado (MF/CRC), Saprissa (CRC); Veronica Perez (MF/MEX), Canberra United FC (AUS)
Forwards: Alex Morgan (FW/USA), Orlando Pride (USA); Raquel Rodriguez (FW/CRC), Penn State University (USA)
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