Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior team head coach Stephen Hart, forward Kenwyne Jones and midfielder Khaleem Hyland and Women’s National Senior Team goalkeeper Kimika Forbes were all shortlisted by CONCACAF for its third annual award ceremony, which honours its best performers for 2015.
Hart was among 10 nominees for the confederation’s Coach of the Year while Hyland and Jones were nominated as CONCACAF’s best midfielder and forward respectively. While Forbes is on a shortlist of the top 10 female goalkeepers.
According to CONCACAF, the final winners will be decided by votes from national team captains and coaches and media from within the confederation and fans.
“The national team coaches and captains from across the Confederation will account for one third of the final vote,” stated CONCACAF, “and accredited members of CONCACAF’s media circle will contribute another third of the tally.
“Fans from around the region and the world are invited to vote online for the final one-third segment of the vote.”
Remarkably, the shortlist for the female goalkeepers of the year has six United States goalkeepers including CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year candidate, Hope Solo.
The full list is: Alyssa Naeher, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo, Michele Dalton, Rosemary Chandler and Michelle Betos (all United States), Cecilia Santiago (Mexico), Dinnia Diaz (Costa Rica) and Kimika Forbes (Trinidad and Tobago).
There were two Americans, Caleb Porter and Jesse Marsch, and two Mexicans, Miguel Herrera and Raul Gutierrez, among the CONCACAF’s top coaches, which also included 2013 winner Jurgen Klinsmann who is the United States National Team coach.
CONCACAF’s top coaches for 2015 are: American Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers/USA), Uruguayan Gustavo Matosas (formerly of Atlas/Mexico), Colombian Hernan Dario Gomez (Panama National Team), American Jesse Marsch (New York Red Bulls/USA), German Jurgen Klinsmann (United States National Team), Frenchman Marc Collat (Haiti National Team), Mexican Miguel Herrera (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Mexican Raul Gutierrez (Mexico National Under-23 Team), German Winfried Schafer (Jamaica National Team) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Stephen Hart (Trinidad and Tobago National Team).
Costa Rica had three picks among the top ten midfielders, which comprised of: Andres Guardado (Mexico and PSV Eidhoven/Ned), Celso Borges (Costa Rica and Deportivo de la Coruna/Spa), David Ramirez (Costa Rica and Deportivo Saprissa/CRC), Dax McCarty (United States and New York Red Bulls/USA), Gabriel Gomez (Panama and Junior de Barranquilla/Col), Jesus Corona (Mexico and FC Porto/Por), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica and Arsenal FC/Eng), Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago and Westerlo/Bel), Michael Bradley (United States and Toronto FC/Can), Rudolph Austin (Jamaica and Brondby/Den).
Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara and Italian Sebastian Giovinco line up alongside “Soca Warriors” captain Kenwyne Jones in CONCACAF’s best forward category.
The complete shortlist reads: Brian Ruiz (Costa Rica and Sporting Clube de Portugal/CRC), Carlos Vela (Mexico and Real Sociedad/Spa), Clint Dempsey (United States and Seattle Sounders/USA), Darren Mattocks (Jamaica and Vancouver Whitecaps/Can), Javier Hernandez (Mexico and Bayer 04 Leverkusen/Ger), Jozy Altidore (United States and Toronto FC/Can), Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone and Columbus Crew/USA), Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago and Al Jazira/UAE), Oribe Peralta (Mexico and Club America/Mex) and Sebastian Giovinco (Italy and Toronto FC/Can).
The previous winners of the CONCACAF awards are:
Player of the Year: (2013) Oribe Peralta (Mexico and Santos Laguna/Mex) and (2014) Keylor Navas (Costa Rica and Real Madrid/Spa).
Goalkeeper of the Year: (2013 and 2014) Tim Howard (United States and Everton/Eng).
Coach of the Year: (2013) Jurgen Klinsmann (United States) and Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
Player of the Year: (2013) Alex Morgan (United States and Portland Thorns) and (2014) Abby Wambach (United States and Western New York Flash).
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