January 18, 2017
TOP OF THE HEAP
USWNT's Alex Morgan named top CONCACAF female player; Dunn finishes third, but is not on Best XI
U.S. striker Alex Morgan was named the 2016 CONCACAF female player of the year, the organization announced Wednesday.
|Crystal Dunn had a strong showing in CONCACAF female player of the year, finishing third behind Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath.
The selections were determined by an equally weighted vote among member sssociation women’s national team coaches/captains, media and fans.
The latest bunch of honors continued to define the American team's disappointing year as three major players won recognition as the top player of the team.
Midfielder Tobin Heath was selected as U.S. Soccer female player of the year.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd was voted as FIFA women's world player of the year for the second consecutive year.
And now Morgan's CONCACAF honor.
For the first time ever, the American women failed to reach a semifinal of a major international soccer tournament, either the Women's World Cup or the Olympics.
U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris of the Orlando Pride (National Women's Soccer League), who did not play a meaningful international game all year, was voted as CONCACAF keeper of the year. Hope Solo led all USA goalkeepers with 17 matches, followed by Alyssa Naeher with six and then Harris with three. Solo wound up mired in controvery after the USA's quarterfinal elimination at the Rio Summer Games as she called Sweden "cowards" for using a defensive strategy to bottle up the USA and win in a shootout. Solo subsequently was suspended from the national team for six months.
Six American players were selected to the team, including defenders Ali Krieger and Becky Sauerbrunn.
In another anomaly, U.S. midfielder-forward Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y. finished third in player of the year, but was not voted onto the Best XI.
Ashlyn Harris | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Ali Krieger | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Kadeisha Buchanan | Canada; West Virginia University (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn | United States; FC Kansas City (USA)
Ashley Lawrence | Canada; West Virginia University (USA)
Gloriana Villalobos | Costa Rica; Deportivo Saprissa (CRC)
Carli Lloyd | United States; Houston Dash (USA)
Shirley Cruz | Costa Rica; Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Tobin Heath | United States; Portland Thorns FC (USA)
Alex Morgan | United States; Orlando Pride (USA)
Christine Sinclair | Canada; Portland Thorns (USA)