Goalkeeper of the Year

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PST selects its MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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The MLS class of goalkeeping talent has grown significantly throughout the years, and 2016 wasn’t any different.

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While the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year looks to keep his crown for the second straight season, a returning American star impressed in his homecoming and another CONCACAF keeper made his mark in the Eastern Conference.

New York Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles had another fantastic season in Harrison, battling an ever-changing backline early in the campaign and helping his side reach the top spot in the Eastern Conference in back-to-back seasons.

Meanwhile, right down I-95, Andre Blake made his mark for the Philadelphia Union in a breakout campaign for the former University of Connecticut product.

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 23: Tim Howard #1 of the Colorado Rapids stands in the goal against the FC Dallas at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 23, 2016 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Then there’s U.S. Men’s National Team shot-stopper Tim Howard, who while only playing half the season, managed to make 54 saves and held a save percentage of 74 percent.

2016 saw other keepers impress as well though, include San Jose Earthquakes netminder David Bingham, who joined Blake on this year’s MLS All-Star Team. Bingham finished sixth in MLS with 106 saves, while only allowing 39 goals in all 34 matches.

Brian Rowe of the LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact keeper Evan Bush were also involved in many critical situations throughout the season, with both players boosting their cases for MLS honors by participating on playoff squads.

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PST’s voting for Goalkeeper of the Year was completely unanimous, with Andre Blake sweeping the first-place vote.

While there were plenty of worth contenders this season, Blake was simply phenomenal for the Union, which had a very youthful and inexperienced backline.

Although the Union fell in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs, the club has a very bright future, especially if they can hold onto Blake for many years to come. However, that might be a challenging task considering his continued rise both in MLS and with the Jamaican national team.

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ProSoccerTalk’s MLS awards choices: Goalkeeper of the Year

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We continue to roll out our choices for the league’s top defender, top goalkeeper, top rookie, MVP and more:

Today we look at ProSoccerTalk’s writer’s picks for Major League Soccer’s Goalkeeper of the Year:

  • Steve Davis

source: Getty ImagesNick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

Rimando’s body of work in 2013 was rich with accomplishment and nearly flawless of performance. Rimando – just 34 years old but blessed with the wisdom of 14 seasons as an MLS starter – checked every single box this year at Rio Tinto. He made the big saves, provided regular and timely information to defenders in the hurry-scurry of real time, moved out of goal to catch or punch with that useful balance of prudence and aggressiveness, and avoided the game-shifting mistakes. And a lot of people forget how good Rimando is with his feet, which gives defenders an additional outlet and option when things get harried. Doing all that, and managing it with a steely, confidence-inspiring calm, makes him my choice.

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  • Richard Farley

source: Getty ImagesNick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

Part of me wants to rebel against this choice, because it sure seems like we’re picking our goalkeepers (a.) by some weird, premature consensus (we knew Rimando, Nielsen were going to win this well before season’s end), and (b.) on a rotation system. The last nine GotYs have gone to nine different keepers. Is goalkeeper excellence really that fickle? Regardless, I voted to make it 10-in-10. Rimando was the easy choice, for me.

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  • Joe Prince-Wright

source:  Luis Robles, New York Red Bulls

With all the offensive talents New York possess, it’s hard to forget about the defense. This man in particular has had a terrific season and has picked his career up after floating around from club to club before. Keeping out standout rookie Ryan Meara is no mean feat and Robles is everything a modern ‘keeper should be, quick off his line, sensational with distribution and a great shot-stopper. I’m a massive fan, as are fans of the Red Bulls.

Schedule of ProSoccerTalk’s choices for MLS awards:

  • Wednesday: Defender of the Year
  • Thursday: Goalkeeper of the Year
  • Friday: Rookie of the Year
  • Monday, Nov. 25: Coach of the Year
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26: MLS Most Valuable Player
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27: MLS Best XI