Melia was a career journeyman and former MLS pool goalkeeper before earning a spot on Sporting Kansas City’s roster ahead of the 2015 season. The former Long Island Rough Riders, Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery, F.C. New York and Chivas USA ‘keeper seized the starting role nine games into the season and never looked back, turning in eight clean sheets, a 1.22 GAA, and a championship performance in the U.S. Open Cup final.
Valeri suffered a devastating ACL tear in the Timbers’ 2014 season finale on Oct. 25. Like Trapp, Valeri wasted little time reasserting himself as a blue chip player, netting the game-winning goal in his first start back on May 9. For the regular season, the Argentine midfielder logged 1,713 minutes in 22 appearances, adding eight assists and two goals.