Alex Morgan, Keylor Navas named CONCACAF Players of the Year
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States striker Alex Morgan have been named as the CONCACAF players of the year.
Real Madrid's Navas picks up the award for the second time in his career, while Morgan has now won it in successive years -- and three times overall. National team coaches, captains, media and fans all take part in the voting.
PSV Eindhoven's Mexico international winger Hirving Lozano finished second in the voting for the Male award, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union third.
In the Female voting, Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr was second ahead of Portland Thorns FC player Christine Sinclair.
CONCACAF previously honoured the 31-year-old Navas with the award in 2014, and he was also named CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016.
Navas was not present at the Premios Univision Deportes awards ceremony in Miami on Sunday, the day after Real Madrid became the first team to defend the Club World Cup after beating Gremio 1-0 in the final.
Keylor Navas and Alex Morgan Named 2017 CONCACAF Players of the Year https://t.co/lF9dpPAbvT— CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) December 18, 2017
Keylor Navas y Alex Morgan Nombrados Jugadores del Año 2017 de CONCACAFhttps://t.co/ZkceEfE6sN#CONCACAFAwards | @NavasKeylor - @FEDEFUTBOL_CR | @alexmorgan13 - @ussoccer_wnt pic.twitter.com/9sYU1bytfh
However, he sent a video message which said: "I want to thank you for giving me this award, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart those people that voted for me. This award is a big motivation for my career, for my life and I'm full of pride to have won it."
Navas conceded just six goals in seven matches in Costa Rica's World Cup qualifying campaign.
The former Levante player has won five titles in 2017 with Real: La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.
Morgan, 28, had a hugely successful year on loan with Lyon in France from Orlando Pride. She won the UEFA Women's Champions League, as well the French league and cup Double. For United States, Morgan scored seven goals in 14 games to be the country's leading goal scorer.
"I just want to thank everyone who voted for me for CONCACAF Female Player of the Year," Morgan said. "It's such a great honor to be named this. To all the fans who followed me throughout France and to the U.S., thank you so much for all that motivation. It really means a lot."
Adriana Garcia contributed to this report