The month of May proved to be a powerful month with debut appearances and a race to the top.
Before eyes turn toward Brazil, let’s focus on what has been happening recently in Major League Soccer. I’m back to track goalkeeper performances all the way to the announcement of the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award, which is given to the best keeper at the end of the season.
As we edge closer to the end of the first half of the season, there have been some shakeups in my power rankings. Let us know in the comments below where you see the goalkeepers stacking up.
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T1. Bill Hamid, D.C. United (N/A)
Making a debut on the list is Bill Hamid, who had a very busy month. Hamid and D.C. United sit at the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference standings, having earned three shutout wins in the past five weeks. During that span, Hamid was recognized with three consecutive Save of the Week nominations with stops against the Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo. United is miles ahead of where it was this time last year, and the man in goal has done his job effectively to contribute to that success.
T1. Jon Busch, San Jose Earthquakes (N/A)
Having faced 60 shots in 12 matches played, John Busch maintains an impressive 1.08 goals allowed average. In recent action, Busch snagged Save of the Week nominations in Weeks 10 and 12. The first was a stop against Blas Perez, who tried to sneak in a rebound after another attempt was deflected by the post. Going up against Houston and helping the Earthquakes secure a 3-0 win, Busch faced and saved six shots on goal with the most impressive being a dive to stop a Warren Creavelle header from the center of the box.
3. Bobby Shuttleworth, New England Revolution (N/A)
With only four losses this season, Bobby Shuttleworth and the New England Revolution sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Over the past several weeks, the club came to life and was inspired by a number of timely and key saves from Shuttleworth. With a goals against average of 1.08, Shuttleworth has rightly earned a spot on my list. In Week 9, he earned a Save of the Week nomination for his athletic stretch save against Gilberto de Santos’ (Toronto FC) header from the left side of the six yard box.
4. Steve Clark, Columbus Crew (T2)
Clark dropped a few spots this month. What started off as a strong season for the Crew has turned into a mix of ties and losses. Despite a rough patch, Clark continues to have one of the top save percentages in the league. He has a tough month ahead with an upcoming match against FC Dallas, so we’ll continue to keep a close eye on him.
5. Donovan Ricketts, Portland Timbers (N/A)
Currently eighth in the West, the Timbers have had a frustrating start to their season but sit just 2 points shy of the red line, In a needed win on the road against Red Bulls, it was Donovan Ricketts who truly stood out. After having just given up a goal to Bradly Wright-Phillips, Ricketts came up big with a unique improvisation save that not only kept the teams level but also earned him Week 12’s Save of the Week honor. In the coming weeks, Ricketts and the Timbers will face off against two teams who stand ahead of them in the Western Conference – Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.