U.S. striker Alex Morgan was named Concacaf female player of the year, it was announced Tuesday.
Mexico’s Hirving Lozano was selected the confederation’s male player of the year.
The annual awards, which began in 2013 and are being presented for the sixth time, recognize players, coaches and referees at all age levels, who have excelled in Concacaf and FIFA-sanctioned tournaments involving the confederation’s national teams and clubs.
In an equally weighted vote among national team head coaches, national team captains, experts from the media and fans, Lozano captured the award for the first time, while this is the third straight and fourth overall for Morgan.
In other categories, U.S. international and Chicago Red Stars’ Alyssa Naeher was voted female goalkeeper of the year and Jamaica technical director Hue Menzies was chosen as women’s coach of the year. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis finished second in that category.
Morgan led the U.S. women’s national team to a sparkling year, which included a 5-0-0 record at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The 29-year-old forward played a major part in her team’s qualification for the Women’s World Cup, by scoring seven goals and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot.
Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the World Cup in Russia. While the Mexican striker had previously earned plenty of attention around the region for his play in both World Cup qualifying and Concacaf Champions League, it was in 2018 that the rest of the world met the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.
Jamaica striker Khadija Shaw and U.S. midfielder Lindsey Horan finished second and third, respectively, in the balloting.