Timbers' Perkins claims MLS Save of the Week

Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins

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It was a deflating result for the Portland Timbers in the race to make the postseason in their debut season in MLS, but the loss to the New York Red Bulls last Saturday had at least one silver lining.

Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins was rewarded with the MLS Save of the Week honors in Week 28 for his 60th-minute effort to keep Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry off the board. 

With his team down 1-0 on the road, the veteran Perkins used a reaction save on the Frenchman's close-range, first-time effort to keep his team in the match. The Timbers eventually lost 2-0, but they remain in the postseason hunt, just two points off the pace heading into this weekend.

Perkins claims his league-leading fourth Save of the Week award this season, receiving double the votes of LA netminder Josh Saunders, whose decisive late-game stop on Andres Mendoza allowed the Galaxy to win the match moments later.

Tally Hall's finger-tip deflection on Brek Shea (18 percent), Jon Busch's kick save against Colorado (10 percent) and Dan Kennedy's stone-cold block on Toronto's Danny Koevermans (1.4 percent) rounded out the Top 5 in Week 28 voting.

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Final Results

1. Troy Perkins, POR (vs. NY), 47.7%

2. Josh Saunders, LA (vs. CLB), 22.9%

3. Tally Hall, HOU (vs. DAL), 18%

4. Jon Busch, SJ (vs. COL), 10%

5. Dan Kennedy, CHV (vs. TOR), 1.4%

 

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
Week 26
Joe Cannon, Vancouver
Week 27
Zac MacMath, Philadelphia
Week 28
Troy Perkins, Portland
Week 29
TBD
Week 30
TBD