Mexico’s Guardado earns Golden Ball award
PHILADELPHIA – Mexico’s Andres Guardado was named winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player. The announcement was made Sunday after the Tricolor defeated Jamaica 3-1 in the final at Lincoln Financial Field.The 28-year-old was largely responsible for helping his team to a record-extending seventh title, scoring a team-high six goals, including the conversion of key penalty kicks in knockout round wins over Costa Rica and Panama.He scored the first goal in the tournament decider against the Caribbean champion, volleying home Paul Aguilar’s cross to become the first player in Gold Cup history to net in three finals (also doing so in 2007 and 2011).CONCACAF Golden BallPrevious Winners1991 Tony Meola, United States (Goalkeeper)1993 Ramon Ramírez, Mexico (Midfielder)1996 Raúl Rodrigo Lara, Mexico (Midfielder)1998Kasey Keller, United States (Goalkeeper)2000Craig Forrest, Canada (Goalkeeper)2002Brian McBride, United States (Forward)2003Jesus Arellano, Mexico (Forward)2005Luis Tejada, Panama (Forward) 2007Julian De Guzman, Canada (Midfielder)2009Giovani Dos Santos, Mexico (Forward)2011Javier Hernandez, Mexico (Forward)2013Landon Donovan, United States (Forward)