Nielsen's stop on Donovan wins Save of the Week

A late penalty kick saved Sporting KC last Monday against the LA Galaxy, but the fans haven’t forgotten about Jimmy Nielsen.

The SKC goalkeeper won the Save of the Week for Week 25 for his sliding stop on Galaxy star Landon Donovan in the 77th minute of the teams’ 2-2 draw at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting rallied from a 2-1 deficit on Omar Bravo’s 92nd-minute penalty kick to earn a crucial point at home.

Nielsen earned roughly 48 percent of the vote, narrowly topping Philadelphia Union veteran Faryd Mondragón, who somehow steered a point-blank header from RSL’s Fabián Espíndola in the 25th minute of the Union’s 2-1 loss at Rio Tinto Stadium last Saturday. Mondragón, who broke his finger during the match and had to be subbed out for rookie goalkeeper Zac MacMath, received nearly 43 percent of the vote.

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Final Results

1. Jimmy Nielsen, SKC (vs. LA), 48.15%

2. Faryd Mondragón, PHI (vs. RSL), 42.74%

3. Zac MacMath, PHI (vs. RSL), 9.11%

 

MLS Save of the Week Winners

Week 1
Nick Rimando, RSL
Week 2
Jake Gleeson, Portland
Week 3
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Week 4
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Week 5
Jake Gleeson, Portland
Week 6
Donovan Rickets, LA
Week 7
Bobby Shuttleworth, NE
Week 8
Tim Ream, New York
Week 9
Stefan Frei, Toronto
Week 10
Troy Perkins, Portland
Week 11
DeLaGarza/Donovan, LA
Week 12
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Week 13
Greg Sutton, New York
Week 14
Teemu Tainio, New York
Week 15
Mike Magee, LA
Week 16
Brian Perk, LA
Week 17
Troy Perkins, Portland
Week 18
Troy Perkins, Portland
Week 19
Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting KC
Week 20
Andy Gruenebaum, Columbus
Week 21
Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting KC
Week 22
Milos Kocic, Toronto
Week 23
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Week 24
Nick Rimando, RSL
Week 25
Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting KC