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Peralta and Morgan named first Players of the Year
December 14th, 2013 2:37AM
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[CONCACAF AWARDS] Mexican Oribe Peralta beat out Americans Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey for the first Concacaf Male Player of the Year award, while Alex Morgan was named the Female Player of the Year. Other winners included U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Coach of the Year) and Tim Howard (Goalkeeper of the Year).
 
Voting was equally weighted between national team coaches/captains, media and fans.
 
MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Oribe Peralta, Forward (Santos Laguna & Mexico)
Second:  Landon Donovan, Forward (LA Galaxy & USA)
Third:  Clint Dempsey, Midfielder (Seattle Sounders & USA)
 
Peralta, hero of Mexico's 2012 Olympic gold-medal team, scored half of Mexico's 16 goals in qualifying in 2013, including five of Mexico’s nine goals in the two-legged intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.

FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Alex Morgan, Forward (Portland Thorns & United States)
Second:  Abby Wambach, Forward (Western New York Flash & United States)
Third:  Shirley Cruz, Midfielder (Paris Saint Germain/France & Costa Rica)
 
Morgan had six goals in 12 national team games and helped the Portland Thorns FC win the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League championship.
 
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Tim Howard (Everton/England & USA)
Second:  Raul Gudino (Guadalajara & Mexico U-17s)
Third:  Keylor Navas (Levante/Spain & Costa Rica)
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Jurgen Klinsmann (USA)
Second:  Miguel Herrera (Club America & Mexico)
Third:  Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras)
 
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico)
Second:  Roberto Garcia (Mexico)
Third:  Courtney Campbell (Jamaica)
 
GOAL OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Raul Jimenez, Mexico v Panama, 85th minute (Oct.11, 2013)
Second:  Juan Carlos Garcia, Honduras v United States, 40th minute (Feb. 6, 2013)
Third:  Jozy Altidore, USA v Honduras, 73rd minute (June 18, 2013)


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