Canada’s Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Jessie Fleming nominated for CONCACAF Player of the Year
Will strong team performances and standout individual form, Canadians led the field in CONCACAF in 2022, and that fact has been recognized in the confederation’s yearly awards.
CONCACAF has opened the fan voting for the Men’s Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year awards, and there is canuck representation in both groups.
On the men’s side, Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and Lille striker Jonathan David give CanMNT two representatives. No other CONCACAF nation has more players nominated. Meanwhile, CanWNT and Chelsea star Jessie Fleming is the lone Canadian to get a nod in the women’s category.
Davies and David are up against United States men’s national team leading stars Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic, as well as Philadelphia Union’s Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake and veteran stopper and perennial World Cup fan favourite Guillermo Ochoa, who now plays for Salernitana in Italy but spent 2022 with Club América in his native Mexico.
Fleming must contend with American pair Alex Morgan and Sophia Smith, the latter of whom plays with Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie at Portland Thorns, as well as Mexico’s Alicia Cervantes, Jamaica and Manchester City star Khadija Shaw, and Haiti’s Melchie Dumornay, a new teammate of Canada defender Vanessa Gilles at Lyon.
Davies and Fleming are the reigning Canada Soccer Players of the Year. David was nominated ahead of the likes of Cyle Larin, who finished four goals clear of second-placed David as the top goalscorer in all of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying between March 2021 and March 2022.
The awards are voted on by national team head coaches and captains, media representatives, and fan voting, with the voting weighted heavily towards the managers and skippers.