This is no surprise, really.
After Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller was named to the MLS Best XI last week, it was almost a certainty that he’d win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year as well. The formality became official Tuesday in an announcement from the league.
“Kasey had a superb season, finishing his career at such a high level is a reflection of his professionalism and high standards,” said Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “The game will miss him and we are proud that he was a Seattle Sounder.”
Keller, an Olympia native, swept the player vote (17.39-percent), media vote (26.98) and club vote (29.59). Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon finished runner up and second in each category — 14.91, 18.52, 16.33, respectively.
FC Dallas’ Kevin Hartman finished third, followed by Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando and Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy.
I’m not sure you need convincing of Keller’s qualification, but he played every MLS minute this season as Seattle finished with the second-best record. He won a league-high 18 games and his 76-percent save percentage was the best of all starting goalkeepers. The recent retiree recorded nine shutouts, made a career-high 110 saves and had a 1.09 goals-against average.
“It was a great year and I’m proud that I was able to perform at the level in my final year that I hoped to achieve,” said Keller in the release. “Anytime you receive an award it’s always nice that someone has thought of you in that regard. I have never played the game for the awards but it’s nice to be recognized by your peers.”
An MLS All-Star. MLS Best XI. MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Not a bad way to go out, eh?
Previous winners after the jump…
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MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Winners:
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