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November 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Keller wins top save(s) and Timbers’ Nagbe wins best goal

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A couple more postseason awards were announced by MLS on Wednesday and one was earned by a familiar name.

Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller won MLS Save of the Year for his four-stop flurry in the span of 10 seconds in the regular-season home finale against San Jose on Oct. 15. The match was billed as Keller’s sendoff and 64,140 fans packed CenturyLink Field for the event.

Keller’s series of saves kept Seattle in the game and helped set the stage for a dramatic 2-1 comeback win. The 41-year old was named Goalkeeper of the Year on Tuesday and last week made the MLS Best XI.

“Having it be my last home game ever and being 1-nil down, it was great to come up with a series of saves and keep us in it,” said Keller of the performance in a news release. “Twenty minutes later we score two goals and go in front. So with the huge crowd and coming back to win the game it couldn’t have worked out better.”

Keller, who also won MLS Save of the Year last season, won with 41-percent of the fan vote. Portland’s Troy Perkins finished with the second and third best saves.

In the other award announced Wednesday, Portland Timbers rookie Darlington Nagbe won MLS Goal of the Year. It was a little bit of a surprise as many people thought Vancouver forward Eric Hassli deserved the honor for his audacious strike in Seattle. I favored Hassli to win it, but certainly think Nagbe’s goal is deserving as well. Both are amazing and are posted after the jump.

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Nagbe’s winner (42 percent of the fan vote)

Hassli’s runner up (31 percent)

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I should mention that Sounders FC’s Fredy Montero finished third in Goal of the Year voting for a very skillful strike against the Whitecaps, but what you make of the winners?

Think Nagbe deserved it over Hassli?

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