Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team attacker Kennya “YaYa” Cordner and men’s national senior team goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and coach Stephen Hart were all named on shortlist for CONCACAF individual awards for 2014.
Cordner, who helped the “Women Soca Warriors” to within touching distance of the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup, was the only Trinidad and Tobago player on the prestigious list after the United States-based attacker also got on the CONCACAF Championship’s All-Star team in October.
Cordner was joined on CONCACAF’s elite list by the United States national duo of Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach and Costa Rica playmaker Shirley Cruz who were first, second and third respectively in the confederation’s award ceremony in 2014. Mexico goal poacher Veronica Corral, who scored vital World Cup qualifying goals against the Women Warriors in October, was also on the 10-player list.
The winners are selected from votes cast online by football fans. (Click HERE for more information).
Central FC goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, for the second successive year, was named among CONCACAF’s top ten goalkeepers. Last year, United States and Everton custodian Tim Howard was voted the confederation’s top goalkeeper and Howard is on the ballot again alongside Jamaica’s Andre Blake, Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas and Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa.
For the first time, a Trinidad and Tobago coach was recognised among the confederation’s best as Hart was named alongside United States boss and last year’s winner Jurgen Klinsmann, Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto, Mexico’s Miguel Herrera and US women’s coach Jill Ellis.
Trinidad and Tobago will have to wait a bit longer for the first nomination in the referees’ category, though. CONCACAF’s best referee for 2013, Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rodriguez, is on the shortlist again while there are two Caribbean officials in Jamaica’s Dwight Royal and the Bahamas’ Wilson Da Costa.
No Caribbean players were nominated for the Goal of the Year category, which includes 2014 World Cup strikes from United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell and Mexico attacker Giovani Dos Santos.
2014 CONCACAF Awards
Player of the Year: Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica and Fulham/Eng), Celso Borges (Costa Rica and Aik/Swe), Clint Dempsey (United States and Seattle Sounders/USA), Giovani Dos Santos (Mexico and Villarreal/Spa), Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico and Malaga/Spa), Javier Hernandez (Mexico and Real Madrid/Spa), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica and Arsenal/Eng), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica & Real Madrid/Spa), Rafael Marquez (Mexico & Hellsa Verona/Ita), Tim Howard (United States and Everton/Eng);
Women’s Player of the Year: Abby Wambach (United States and Western New York Flash/USA), Alex Morgan (United States and Portland Thorns/USA), Carli Lloyd (United States and Western New York Flash/USA), Christine Sinclair (Canada and Portland Thorns/USA), Hope Solo (United States and Seattle Reign/USA), Kennya Cordner (Trinidad and Tobago and Seattle Sounders Women), Lauren Holiday (United States and FC Kansas City/USA), Raquel Cedeno (Costa Rica and Penn State University/USA), Shirley Cruz (Costa Rica and Paris Saint-Germain/Fra), Veronica Corral (Mexico and Merilappi United/Fin);
Goalkeeper of the Year: Alfredo Talavera (Mexico and Toluca/Mex), Andre Blake (Jamaica and Philadelphia Union/Jam), Tim Howard (United States and Everton/Eng), Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico and Malaga/Spa), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica and Real Madrid/Spa), Jaime Penedo (Panama and LA Galaxy/USA), Jan-Michael Williams (Trinidad and Tobago and Central FC/Tri), Jesus Corona (Mexico and Cruz Azul), Nick Rimando (United States and Real Salt Lake/USA), Patrick Pemberton (Costa Rica and LD Alajuelense/CRi);
Coach of the Year: Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy/USA), Garabet Avedissian (Costa Rica women’s under-20), Jill Ellis (United States women’s team), Jorge Dely Valdes (Tauro FC/Pan), Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica), Jurgen Klinsmann (United States), Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras), Miguel Herrera (Mexico), Oscar Ramirez (LD Alajuelense/CRi), Stephen Hart (Trinidad and Tobago);
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to vote for Kennya Cordner, Jan-Michael Williams and Stephen Hart for the CONCACAF awards.