Jamaica's Bunny Shaw, Andre Blake, Haiti's Dumornay nominated for Concacaf Player of the Year awards

By Sports Desk March 17, 2023

Jamaica’s Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Haiti’s Melchie Dumornay are among six nominees for the 2022 Concacaf Women's Player of the Year. The two are among six women’s players nominated along with Alicia Cervantes of Mexico, Jessie Fleming of Canada, Alex Morgan of the USA and Sophia Smith also of the USA.

Meanwhile, Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake is among the six nominees for Concacaf Men’s Player of the Year. He is vying for the award alongside Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic of the USA, Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies of Canada and Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico.

Fan voting opened on Friday, March 17, 2023, for the two categories. They will now be able to cast their votes at www.concacaf.com/concacaf-awards.

The 2022 nominees have been selected based on performance statistics and the input of technical experts. To be eligible to be shortlisted for these Concacaf awards, all players have met at least one of the following criteria:

Have played for a Concacaf Member Association's senior Men's or Women's national team (in eligible Concacaf and FIFA competitions and matches). Regardless of nationality, played for a club (in 2022) in a Concacaf and FIFA sanctioned top division Men’s or Women’s professional league in the Concacaf region.

Following the nomination process, Concacaf will continue its football-first philosophy with a voting process that ensures players, coaches, media and fans determine the winners.

Blake has 63 caps for Jamaica and represents Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer (MLS). He has four MLS all-star selections and two MLS Goalkeeper of the Year awards.

He was also the recipient of the 2022 John Wanamaker Athletic Award, which is presented annually since 1961 to the "athlete, team or organisation that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel."

Shaw, the runner-up for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Player of the Year when Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, Shaw played a huge role in helping her country qualify for their second straight Women’s World Cup, leading the Reggae Girlz to a Third-Place finish at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, which punched their ticket to Australia/New Zealand.

In the tournament, Shaw scored three goals, including the game-winning score in the opening 1-0 win versus Mexico and a brace in the 4-0 victory against Haiti, which sealed Jamaica’s Women’s World Cup qualification. For her efforts, Shaw was named to the 2022 CWC Best XI.

Shaw was just as lethal in CWC Qualifying, amassing nine goals to help Jamaica top their group to then qualify for the CWC. Shaw had braces versus Bermuda (4-0), Grenada (6-1) and the Dominican Republic (5-1), and a hat trick against the Cayman Islands (9-0).

At club level with Manchester City in England, Shaw was equally prolific.

During the calendar year 2022, she scored 15 goals in 19 Women’s Super League games, seven goals in eight domestic cup games (Women’s FA Cup and FA Women’s League Cup) and two goals in two UEFA Women’s Champions League games.

Shaw’s three goals in the knockout stage helped Manchester City claim the 2021-22 FA Women’s League Cup.

 Dumonrnay, a 19-year-old attacking midfielder played in seven matches with Haiti in 2022 and scored five goals. Of note were her three goals in Qualifying for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, with a goal in the 6-0 win versus Cuba and a brace in the 21-0 victory over British Virgin Islands.

Dumornay then was a big part of Haiti’s campaign at the CWC in Monterrey, Mexico, creating headaches for opposing defenses with five steals and two clearances, while completing almost 82 percent of her passes.

Dumornay’s playmaking led to a penalty in Haiti’s opener versus the United States and then completed the tournament by twice hitting the post against Jamaica.

For her performance, she was named the winner of the 2022 CWC Best Young Player Award.

Dumornay helped Haiti finish third in their group to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Inter-Confederation Playoffs for Australia/New Zealand 2023, where she scored a brace to help Haiti secure a first ever Senior Women’s World Cup berth in a 2-1 win versus Chile.

Her top performances also carried into her club season at Stade de Reims of France. In 16 games during the 2022 calendar year, Dumornay scored eight goals.

At the conclusion of the voting period, on April 13, 2023, the player in each category with the most votes out of the 100 available will be named 2022 Concacaf Men’s Player of the Year and 2022 Concacaf Women’s Player of the Year.

 

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