MLS Player of the Week — Week 31: Tim Melia

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Over 210 minutes in goal last week, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia made 13 saves (plus two more in a penalty shootout) while conceding just one goal between Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final victory over the Philadelphia Union and Saturday’s 1-0 victory away to the Portland Timbers in league play.

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Melia was supposed to be the backup in Kansas City, with Chilean World Cup veteran Luis Marin the new no. 1, finally bringing stability to the position 15 months after the retirement of Jimmy Nielsen. Instead, Marin was gone after three months and Melia, an MLS pool goalkeeper in 2014, was thrust into the starter’s role.

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Since making his first start on May 3, Melia has put together nine clean sheets in all competitions (eight in league play) and started all five of Sporting KC’s Open Cup games en route to the 2015 title. On Saturday, Melia did again to the Timbers what he’s done once already this season: put in a man-of-the-match performance to keep the unlikeliest of clean sheets. For his heroics Saturday night, Tim Melia is this week’s MLS Player of the Week.

MLS Players of the Week

Week 1: Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo

Week 2: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 3: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 4: Kaka, Orlando City SC

Week 5: Harrison Shipp, Chicago Fire

Week 6: Jaime Penedo, LA Galaxy

Week 7: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 8: Ethan Finlay, Columbus Crew SC

Week 9: Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas

Week 10: Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas

Week 11: Chad Barrett, Seattle Sounders

Week 12: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 13: Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting Kansas City

Week 14: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 15: David Villa, New York City FC

Week 16: Matias Perez Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes

Week 17: Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

Week 18: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 21: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

Week 23: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 24: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 25: Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

Week 26: Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

Week 27: Didier Drogba, Montreal Impact

Week 28: Kei Kamara, Columbus Crew SC

Week 29: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC

Week 30: Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC