Friday 20 September, 2019

Reggae Girl Jody Brown voted best young player of Women's Championship

Reggae Girlz forward Jody Brown was selected as the best young player of the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship by the confederation's technical committee on Wednesday night.

The 16-year-old Jamaican received her prize moments after she helped the Reggae Girlz become the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Reggae Girlz achieved the feat by defeating Panama  4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff match at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.

The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cup follows the success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998.

Brown's goal in the 95th minute allowed the Reggae Girlz to go 2-1 up in extra-time but Panama again equalized with Lineth Cendeno's goal in the 115th. 

United States midfielder Julie Ertz was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the championship.

The Americans captured the title by defeating Canada, 2-0, in the final at Toyota Stadium.

U.S. striker Alex Morgan, who tallied the insurance goal against Canada, was named the winner of the Golden Boot as the top goal-scorer of the tournament with seven goals.

The USA also was named the winner of the Fair Player Award.

Panama's 17-year-old goalkeeper Yenith Bailey was chosen the Golden Glove winner.

The Americans placed eight players on the Best XI -- defenders Kelley O'Hara, Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn, midfielders Lindsey Horan and Ertz and forwards Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe and Morgan.

Also selected were Bailey as the goalkeeper, Canada defender Rebecca Quinn, and Canada midfielder Jessie Fleming.

USA and Canada had already secured their spots in next year's World Cup with victories in the semifinals. Concacaf sends the top three finishers in the tournament to the World Cup.

Panama will still have a chance to qualify for France with a two-legged playoff against Argentina next month.

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