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December 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Portland claims top newcomer, goalkeeper in MLS postseason awards

Two more MLS postseason awards were revealed Wednesday, and it was a Portland Timbers sweep.

Midfielder Diego Valeri was named Newcomer of the Year (the third straight Argentine to win the award) and Donovan Ricketts was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Neither is a big surprise as both were named to the MLS Best XI on Tuesday.

Valeri had 10 goals and a MLS-high 13 assists; both were Timbers’ single-season records. Here was the voting breakdown, which wasn’t even close:

Player (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Diego Valeri (POR) 72.34 79.22 36.38 187.94
Jose Goncalves (NE) 6.38 2.6 13.21 22.19
Nigel Reo-Coker (VAN) 6.38 1.3 8.54 16.22
Clint Irwin (COL) 2.13 3.9 5.89 11.92

Ricketts, who also won this award in 2010 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, set career highs this season in shutouts (14), saves (92) and minutes (2,880). He ranked among league leaders in wins (13), goals-against average (0.97) and save percentage (73.0). Here was that voting breakdown, where you can see the media voted heavily for Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando:

Player (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Donovan Ricketts (POR) 51.02 22.08 28.24 101.34
Nick Rimando (RSL) 22.45 40.26 21.96 84.67
Jimmy Nielsen (SKC) 6.12 14.29 3.52 23.93
Luis Robles (NY) 4.08 9.09 8.82 21.99

Previous winners after the jump:

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Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Winners:

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

MLS Newcomer of the Year Winners:

2013: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers
2012:
Federico Higuain – Columbus Crew
2011: Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Alvaro Saborio – Real Salt Lake
2009: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC
2008: Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United

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