NEW YORK (Thursday, November 16, 2017) – Major League Soccer announced today that Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia has been voted the 2017 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
The 31-year-old Melia put together his strongest MLS season this year, leading the league with a 0.78 goals-against average and 78.4 save percentage among goalkeepers to make at least 15 regular-season appearances. Melia’s 10 shutouts also ranked second in the league.
While Melia’s season was shortened late this year with a hamstring injury, it did not diminish the collective impact he had for Sporting this year. Kansas City’s defense led MLS by conceding the fewest goals this season with 29. It is the third-lowest total since the league’s 34-game regular season format.
Outside of league play, Melia played a crucial part in Sporting’s run to the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crown. He particularly shone with two saves in a penalty kick shootout to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes in the tournament’s semifinals on Aug. 9. Melia then anchored Sporting’s defense for a 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 20 to earn the championship. It marked Melia’s second Open Cup crown with Sporting, following up his 2015 run to the title.
Melia becomes the organization’s third MLS Goalkeeper of the Year recipient, joining the ranks of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola (2002) and Jimmy Nielsen (2012). Sporting are the first MLS club to have three different Goalkeeper of the Year award winners; the San Jose Earthquakes have claimed the honor three times, with Pat Onstad winning twice.
Melia received 50.29 percent of the average vote, compiled from three groups: active players, media and club technical staff.
2017: Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas City
2016: Andre Blake – Philadelphia Union
2015: Luis Robles – New York Red Bulls
2014: Bill Hamid – D.C. United
2013: Donovan Ricketts – Portland Timbers
2012: Jimmy Nielsen – Sporting Kansas City
2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy
2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
2008: Jon Busch – Chicago Fire
2007: Brad Guzan – Chivas USA
2006: Troy Perkins – D.C. United
2005: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2004: Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids
2003: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2002: Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes
2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Kevin Hartman – Los Angeles Galaxy
1998: Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire
1997: Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew
1996: Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn