The Ballon d'Or, first awarded in 1956, was originally restricted to European players playing in Europe. El Rey de América is given to the
best player playing in South America. CAF (Africa) and the AFC (Asia) have awards. Now, finally, Concacaf has its own awards.
Fifteen Americans plus U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann
are among the nominees in six award categories. The awards will be handed out following balloting by national team coaches and captains, media and
fans. Concacaf Awards: Balloting
Americans Jozy Altidore
, Michael Bradley
, Clint Dempsey
and Landon Donovan
are among the nominees for the Men's Player of the Year, while six Americans -- Morgan Brian
, Sydney Leroux
, Hope Solo
, Christie Rampone
-- are on the shortlist for Women's Player of the Year. Tim Howard
is up for Goalkeeper of the Year, LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena
and Klinsmann are nominees for Coach of the Year, while Mark Geiger
are nominees of Referee of the Year.
Goals by Altidore and Brek Shea
are among those in the running for Goal of the Year.
Final votes in each of the six categories will be tallied by mid-December, with three finalists elected in each category. Winners will be announced by the end of the year.