Reggae Girlz coach named 2018 Concacaf Women's Coach of the Year
Head coach of Jamaica’s senior women’s team Hue Menzies.
Head coach of Jamaica’s senior women’s team Hue Menzies won the 2018 Women’s Football Coach of the Year at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) Awards.
Menzies won ahead of Jill Ellis (USA) and Monica Vergarra (Mexico).
United States-based coach Menzies, who was first hired as a technical advisor to spearhead the development of women’s football in Jamaica following the team’s failure to advance to the 2015 World Cup finals, was recognized for leading the Reggae Girlz to a historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
The journey at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which serves as Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, started in October with a very good 2W-0D-1L 10GF 2GC record in the group stage.
Those results advanced Jamaica to the semifinals, where they fell 6-0 to eventual champions the United States.
However, Menzies managed to rally his troops and in the third-place match on October 17 with a berth in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the line, the Reggae Girlz topped Panama 4-2 in the penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw at the Toyota Stadium in Texas to punch their ticket to France 2019.
Not only was it a first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup berth for Jamaica, but the country became the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
All told for 2018, Menzies’ Jamaica completed the year with a 11W-2D-5L record and a magical moment for future generations of female footballers in Jamaica.
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.
There was another major recognition for Jamaica as the Reggae Girlz received the Outstanding Performance Award.
Reggae Girlz star striker Khadija Shaw, who was named as The Guardian Footballer of the Year for 2018, walked away with two minor awards.
Shaw was runner-up to Female Player of the Year Alex Morgan (USA) and her goal against Cuba was voted third best of the year.
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
The Best XI's were also selected, with Mexico and the United States placing a total of eleven players in the Male and Female teams.
Male Best XI
GK - Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF - Hugo Ayala (MEX) - Tigres UANL/MEX
DF - Edson Alvarez (MEX) - Club America/MEX
DF - Cuco Martina (CUW) - Stoke City FC/ENG
DF - Francisco Calvo (CRC) - Minnesota United FC/USA
MF - Hector Herrera (MEX) - Porto FC/POR
MF - Michael Bradley (USA) - Toronto FC/CAN
MF - Andres Guardado (MEX) - Real Betis/ESP
FW - Hirving Lozano (MEX) - PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW - Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) - New York Red Bulls/USA
FW - Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) - Toronto FC/CAN
Female Best XI
GK - Alyssa Naeher (USA) - Chicago Red Starts/USA
DF - Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) - Olympique Lyonnais/FRA
DF - Crystal Dunn (USA) - NC Courage/USA
DF - Tanna Sanchez (MEX U-17) - Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla/MEX
DF - Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) - Utah Royals FC/USA
MF - Lindsey Horan (USA) - Portland Thorns/USA
MF - Khadija Shaw (JAM) - University of Tennessee/USA
MF - Nicole Perez (MEX U-17) - CD Guadalajara/MEX
FW - Alex Morgan (USA) - Orlando Pride/USA
FW - Christine Sinclair (CAN) - Portland Thorns/USA
FW - Jody Brown (JAM) - AS Roma/ITA