What was thought to be a close race for Major League Soccer’s top goalkeeper award turned out to be an overwhelming victory.
Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia took more than 50 percent of the combined media, club and player vote as he earned 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors. The 31-year-old, in his best season as a professional to this point, set career highs in wins (12), shutouts (10), saves (91), minutes (2,759) and games started (31).
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While the Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake and Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei each had superb seasons for their clubs, Melia was head and shoulders the best goalkeeper in the league this season, making saves in key times to help lead Sporting Kansas City to the MLS Cup playoffs and a U.S. Open Cup title.
Here’s a look below at how the voting panned out across all the nominees.
|Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year||Player Vote %||Club Vote %||Media Vote %||Average %|
|Tim Melia (SKC)||46.12%||48.81%||55.95%||50.29%|
|Andre Blake (PHI)||15.51%||7.14%||7.74%||10.13%|
|Stefan Frei (SEA)||4.49%||7.14%||13.10%||8.24%|
|Alex Bono (TOR)||2.86%||5.95%||4.17%||4.33%|
|Sean Johnson (NYC)||2.86%||4.76%||5.36%||4.33%|
|Brad Guzan (ATL)||3.67%||2.38%||1.79%||2.61%|