Wambach, Howard and Geiger win Concacaf awards

Abby Wambach and Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas are the winners of the 2014 Concacaf Player of the Year awards. Tim Howard finished ahead of Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa and Navas for Goalkeeper of the Year in an equally weighted vote among Concacaf national team coaches and captains, media and fans. The third American winner was Mark Geiger, who was named Referee of the Year.
 
MALE 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)
 
Navas was one of the standout goalkeepers at the 2014 World Cup, helping Costa Rica reach the quarterfinals for the first time.
 
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Abby Wambach, Forward (Western New York Flash/USA & United States)
Second:  Shirley Cruz, Midfielder (Paris St. Germain/FRA & Costa Rica)
Third:  Veronica Charlyn Corral (Merilappi United/FIN & Mexico)
 
Wambach's season was highlighted by a four-goal performance in the championship match of the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
 
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)

In the 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium, Howard set a World Cup individual game record for saves.
 
COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)
Second:  Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras)
Third:  Oscar Ramirez (Alajuelense/CRC)
 
Costa Rica’s exceptional quarterfinal run at the World Cup was more than enough to comfortably assure Pinto the Coach of the Year award. He has since taken over as Honduras coach.
 
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Mark Geiger (USA)
Second:  Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico)
Third:  Walter Quesada (Costa Rica)
 
Geiger, the 2014 MLS Referee of the Year, refereed three matches at the 2014 World Cup, including the round-of-16 match between France and Nigeria.

GOAL OF THE YEAR
Winner:  Bryan Ruiz, Costa Rica v Italy, 44th minute (June 20, 2014)
Second:  Esteban Ramirez, Herediano v Saprissa, 20th minute (November 2, 2014)
Third:  Joel Campbell, Costa Rica v Uruguay, 54th minute (June 14, 2014)
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