CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach was named the 2014 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year. Wambach, who was the runner-up to Alex Morgan for the award in 2013, edged out Costa Rica’s Shirley Cruz for the top honor.
Wambach, a member of the National Women's Soccer League's WNY Flash, scored 14 goals and posted three assists in 20 games for the WNT. She is the team's all-time leading goal scorer with 177 in 232-career appearances.
U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive occasion, beating out Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas. Howard had a memorable 2014 FIFA World Cup highlighted by a 15-save performance against Belgium. Howard also was third in the CONCACAF Player of the Year voting.
USA referee Mark Geiger was named the 2014 CONCACAF Referee of the Year, finishing ahead of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rodriguez and Costa Rica’s Walter Quesada. Geiger refereed three matches at the 2014 World Cup, including a Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria. He was the 2014 Major League Soccer Referee of the Year and manned the middle during the 2014 MLS Cup Final as the LA Galaxy won its fifth title.
2014 CONCACAF Awards
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Keylor Navas, Goalkeeper (Real Madrid/ESP & Costa Rica)
Second: Bryan Ruiz, Forward (Fulham FC/ENG & Costa Rica)
Third: Tim Howard, Goalkeeper (Everton/ENG & United States)
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Abby Wambach, Forward (Western New York Flash/USA & United States)
Second: Shirley Cruz, Midfielder (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA & Costa Rica)
Third: Veronica Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United/FIN & Mexico)
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Tim Howard (Everton/ENG & United States)
Second: Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/ESP & Mexico)
Third: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ESP & Costa Rica)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
Second: Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras)
Third: Oscar Ramirez (LD Alajuelense/CRC)
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Mark Geiger (USA)
Second: Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico)
Third: Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)
GOAL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica v Italy, 44th minute (June 20, 2014)
Second: Esteban Ramirez, Herediano v Saprissa, 20th minute Nov. 2, 2014)
Third: Joel Campbell, Costa Rica v Uruguay, 54th minute (June 14, 2014)