U.S. Women, Men Receive CONCACAF Honors

From left: Hope Solo, Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd.
From left: Hope Solo, Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd.
From left: Hope Solo, Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd. (Photo via U.S. Soccer)

The honors keep rolling in for U.S. National Team players after the Confederation of North, Central America Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced the winners of the third-annual CONCACAF Awards. Both U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team players won accolades.

WNT midfielder Carli Lloyd won Female Player of the Year and Goal of the Year for her half-field strike in the 16th minute against Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. A member of the U.S. WNT has won the title each year with forward Alex Morgan earning the title in 2013 and Abby Wambach winning in 2014.

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Tim Howard and Hope Solo won Male and Female Goalkeeper of the Year. Howard has won the award since its inception in 2013.

WNT head coach Jill Ellis received the award for Female Coach of the Year after leading the USA to its third Women’s World Cup title. This isn’t the first time a U.S. coach has won the award. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was given the honor in 2013.

Six National Team players were awarded spots in the CONCACAF Best XI. MNT midfielder Michael Bradley and Howard were named to the Male Best XI, while Morgan, Lloyd, Solo and WNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn were named to the Female Best XI squad.