US trio cashes in on first-ever CONCACAF yearly awards


Tim Howard, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Alex Morgan all took home top prizes at the inaugural CONCACAF Awards.

In a very US and Mexico favored final standings, Howard collected Goalkeeper of the Year, Klinsmann Manager of the Year, and Morgan Female Player of the Year.

A host of other United States players were on the lists.  Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey finished second and third respectively in the Male Player of the Year category behind Mexico’s Oribe Peralta.

Jozy Altidore’s winning goal against Honduras finished third in Goal of the Year voting. Mexico’s Raul Jiminez’s late wonder-goal against Panama not surprisingly won the category.

Abby Wambach also finished just barely behind Morgan in the Female POY category.

The final voting was built on one-third each of coach/captain votes, media votes, and fan votes.  CONCACAF said they received over 60,000 fan votes.

CONCACAF, in its first year handing out the awards, said the awards are “designed to honor the year’s outstanding performers and achievements in confederation-sanctioned competitions involving national teams at all levels and age categories, including FIFA World Cup qualifying for both genders.”

VIDEO: Sanchez howitzer gives Gunners 3-0 lead over Manchester United

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Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal its first, and it would be the Colombian to complete the first-half storm as he blasted the Gunners to a 3-0 lead at the Emirates.

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Sanchez skipped past Matteo Darmian with ease to find space before unleashing his laser beam that burned the top corner and gave David De Gea no chance to stop Arsenal from grabbing a third just 20 minutes in.

VIDEO: Alexis Sanchez begins early Manchester United rout with pinpoint flick

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Arsenal has torched the Manchester United defense for a huge early lead, and it all started with just five minutes gone by.

Hector Bellerin burst down the right, and while the initial cross was cleared, it came back to Mesut Ozil who served up a ball for Alexis Sanchez to tap in after beating Matteo Darmian to the near post.

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The goal is the first of three that the Gunners have scored on United’s back line, all coming inside the opening 20 minutes. Sanchez ended up with a second on a cracking strike that burned the top corner of David De Gea‘s goal.

Manchester United has never allowed four goals in a single half in Premier League play. Can the Gunners break that streak?