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ProSoccerTalk’s MLS awards choices: Goalkeeper of the Year

Nov 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

  1. tonyinquakeland - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    No question: Donovan Ricketts.

  2. danielofthedale - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I have to agree with Ricketts. Lead the league in Shutouts with 14. Tied with Rimando in Save Percentage at 73%. One of two GK that played a majority of their teams game with a sub 1 GAA avg. and faced nearly 25% more shots and made 33% more saves than the other GK with a sub 1GAA in Nielsen. And its not like he had a Borchers, Besler, or Collin in his back line.

    • tonyinquakeland - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Yup. I don’t think it’s even a close call.

      • lunasceiling - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I’d definitely say it’s a close call (and that’s from a die-hard Timbers fan), as Nick Rimando’s performance has been undeniably brilliant. But I lean towards Ricketts, too. How many times this season did he singlehandedly salvage points for us?

  3. spikenyc - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Red Bull fan, but wouldn’t choose Robles. He definitely got better as the season went on, but there were several matches he directly caused the team to lose points. Too often “saving” shots right to opposing forwards rather than trying to push them out for corners. Still, feel pretty comfortable with him overall.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Yeah, I’m not trying to dog Robles, the guy has skills, but if you’re going to choose anyone other than Rimando or Ricketts for goal keeper of the year in 2013, it probably means you weren’t paying attention or your opinion is influenced by something inconsequential (like being a fan of a player).

      Me personally I think Rimando is the more skilled, but Ricketts was put to the test more often. It’s a tough call; having to put in the work Ricketts has makes me think it’s his year, but I’m not sure if if that’s a good enough reason to take it away from Rimando, just because his defense hasn’t been quite as porous.

  4. greej1938l - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM


  5. wfjackson3 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Ok Steve, I see you like Rimando for Keeper of the year and it makes some sense. However, you took Besler out of consideration for DotY because he only played 23 games. Rimando only played 27 games. So what is your magic number where someone deserves consideration?

    • danielofthedale - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Rims do played 80% of the league games. Besler played just 67%. I think at the minimum 75% of games a player must play to win one of the on field awards if not at least 80%.

      • wfjackson3 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Still just a difference of 4 games.

        PS – Also, use consistency when rounding your numbers. It makes you sound more credible.

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