GK’s make headlines in MLS

Lots of love for goalkeepers in the MLS  as this season winds down. Today, Sporting Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen was named to the MLS Best XI squad, and the league’s Save of the Year will be announced Wednesday. To cap off the week, two of the league’s best GK’s will square off in MLS Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Nielsen marshaled the league’s best defense, that conceded 27 goals and posted 15 shutouts. He didn’t see tons of shots during games, thanks to having four of the league’s best defenders playing in front of him, but he came up big in big moments. Continue reading GK’s make headlines in MLS

Boaz Myhill: Key to West Brom’s Sucess

The surprise of the season thus far in the EPL is West Brom, who have risen to fourth place in the league table, rising above the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. Much of their success can be attributed to backup keeper Boaz Myhill who took over for the injured Ben Foster and could be key to the Baggies playing in Europe next season.

Myhill took over for the injured Foster, who had minor surgery to repair a groin injury, and made three saves in West Brom’s 2-1 win over Wigan on November 10. His true coming out came last Saturday against Chelsea when Myhill stonewalled the European Champions, making 9 saves, 13 blocks and 31 clearances and dealt with constant pressure from the Blues. Foster recently suffered a setback in training and may need to undergo more surgery, so the starting spot is Myhill’s for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Boaz Myhill: Key to West Brom’s Sucess

The mandatory Hope Solo acknowledgement

Because she’s a goalkeeper, I guess we need to talk about Hope Solo. Solo has made headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. She was involved in a domestic dispute with her Fiancee former Seattle Seahawk Jerramy Stevens early Monday morning when police were called to a home in Kirkland Washington. At the home they found Solo with a bloody cut on her elbow and Stevens “sleeping” between a wall and a bed upstairs. Stevens was arrested for fourth degree domestic assault and appeared in court later that day with Solo supporting him from the seats. The judge ruled that there was no evidence supporting that Stevens committed assault and was freed. The two lovebirds went ahead with their wedding plans for Tuesday, and are now happily married. However the investigation is still ongoing and police are still interviewing witnesses. Continue reading The mandatory Hope Solo acknowledgement

GKs steal show in MLS playoffs…for better or worse

Goalkeeping, both good and bad, made headlines in the knockout round and conference semifinals of the MLS playoffs.

Tally Hall of the Houston Dynamo started MLS GKs off strong when he stonewalled the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference knockout game. His counterpart Sean Johnson was shaky from the start, but Hall exuded confidence on his line, a confidence that seeped over into the rest of the squad and boosted the Dynamo to a road win. He only had to make two key saves, but they were big ones, stuffing Alvaro Fernandez on a breakaway in the first half, and denying a Patrick Nyarko curling shot in the second half. Continue reading GKs steal show in MLS playoffs…for better or worse

Champions League Top 5: Matchday 3

1. Jesper Hansen-Hansen played the game of his life, earning Norsdjaelland its first Champions League point of the tournament. The Danish keeper denied Juventus for most of the game, until  Mirko Vucinic struck a solid ball in the 81st minute. Hansen stayed on his line for most of the match, and pushed away or deflected Juventus’ attempts. The goal from Vucinic was a great ball,that Hansen couldn’t do much to stop. But thanks to his strong play, Nordsjaelland will not leave the group stage without a point. Continue reading Champions League Top 5: Matchday 3

International Break Top 5

Goals were scored in bunches this week as blowouts and high-scoring games were the trend in the most recent World Cup qualifying matches. That tends to happen when minnows like San Marino and Moldova match up with giants like England, and when Honduras takes Canada out to the woodshed. But there were a few noteworthy GK showings around the world. Here are the top 5 goalkeeping performances from the international break.

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