MIAMI, Florida – The Mexican National Team leads the way with five selections in the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Best XI.
2018 Concacaf Men’s Player of the Year winner Hirving Lozano, along with DF Hugo Ayala, DF Edson Alvarez, MF Hector Herrera and MF Andres Guardado round out the El Tricolor players on the list.
All five players formed part of Mexico’s squad that reached the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which included a historic 1-0 victory against Germany in the group stage, Mexico’s first ever Senior World Cup victory against the four-time world champions.
GK Keylor Navas and DF Francisco Calvo of Costa Rica’s National Team that reached Russia 2018 also appear on the list. This is familiar territory for Navas, who was named Concacaf’s Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight time in 2018.
At present, Curacao stands atop the table of 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying thanks in large part to the play and leadership of DF Cuco Martina, who is the lone Caribbean representative in the Best XI.
Three players who stood out in the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League earned a spot as well, as MF Michael Bradley and FW Sebastian Giovinco led Toronto FC to the Final, while FW Bradley Wright-Phillips’s three goals powered the New York Red Bulls to a Semifinal appearance.
The Concacaf Men’s Best XI is as follows (4-3-3 formation):
- 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 (CUC) – 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