With the sincerest apologies to Jozy Altidore, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey — scorers and/or creators of multiple goals in Week 1 — the first Player of the Week of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric.
No player in MLS played a bigger part in his team’s Week 1 result. The aforementioned attacking players played a big role in securing victories — goals are important, after all — but but Deric was worth a net of three, if not more, goals in Houston’s 1-0 win over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday.
With his team being thoroughly dominated on every level of the field, Deric made a handful of spectacular saves (all saves above), including the stop of Kei Kamara’s diving header in the 53rd minute standing out as the cream of the crop.
Simply put, Deric was worth the three points all on his own on Saturday, and no other player in MLS could say the same this weekend.