Reggae Girlz scoop CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award, Menzies top women's coach

By Sports Desk January 15, 2019

Jamaica Reggae Girlz team and coach Hue Menzies have been rewarded for an outstanding 2018 by scooping the CONCACAF Outstanding Performance and Women’s Football Coach of the Year awards.

The Jamaicans made history when they became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup after a penalty shootout win over Panama in the CONCACAF Qualifiers last year. 

Menzie who took over the position of technical director of the women’s program three years ago has been a fixture of the national program since.  At one point the coach went for several months without receiving an actual salary from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

The team’s star striker Khadijah Shaw also received some recognition after being nominated for Female Player of the Year award, along with the USA’s Lindsey Horan and the eventual winner Alex Morgan.  She was also nominated in the goal of the year category for a spectacular strike in the team’s win over Cuba.

The 2018 Male Player of the Year award went to Mexico’ s Hirving Lozano.  Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 

Male Player of the Year

  1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) - PSV Eindhoven/NED
  2. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
  3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) - Toronto FC/CAN

 

Female Player of the Year

  1. Alex Morgan (USA) - Orlando Pride/USA
  2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) - University of Tennessee/USA
  3. Lindsey Horan (USA) - Portland Thorns FC/USA

 

Male Goalkeeper of the Year

  1. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
  2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) - Standard Liège/BEL
  3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) - Oklahoma City Energy/USA

 

Female Goalkeeper of the Year

  1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) - Chicago Red Starts/USA
  2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) - Sporting SM/PAN
  3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) - Linköpings FC/SWE

 

Men's Football Coach of the Year

  1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) - San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
  2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) - Curacao National Team
  3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) - Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

 

Women's Football Coach of the Year

  1. Hue Menzies (JAM) - Jamaica Women's National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
  2. Jill Ellis (USA) - United States Women's National Team
  3. Monica Vergara (MEX) - Mexico U-17 Women's National Team

 

Male Referee of the Year

  1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
  2. Mark Geiger (USA)
  3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

 

Female Referee of the Year

  1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
  2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
  3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

 

Goal of the Year

  1. Joe Corona (MEX) - SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19'
  2. Alan Pulido (MEX) - SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72'
  3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) - CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2'

 

Outstanding Performance Award

Jamaica Women's National Team

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