He’s already a hero from the Portland Timbers' shootout victory over Sporting Kansas City in the Knockout Round of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, and now Adam Kwarasey can add 2015 MLS Save of the Year winner to his list of accolades.
Kwarasey’s stop Aug. 15 against Real Salt Lake beat out the 31 other candidates, finally edging the Vancouver Whitecaps' David Ousted in the final voting that ended Wednesday night. It is the first time a Portland Timbers player has captured Save of the Year honors.
The award was decided by a fan vote, this year utilizing a new, bracket-style format. The field was comprised of the 32 Save of the Week winners that were earned by goalkeepers during the 2015 regular season.
In the 31st minute of a scoreless road match at Real Salt Lake, Kwarasey made a spectacular fingertip save of a Luke Mulholland blast from nearly 30 yards to keep the Timbers’ in the match. The ball was cleared from the Portland area, but Mulholland hit a perfectly timed first-time volley from distance that appeared headed to the upper left corner.
Kwarasey was quick to react, lunging high to his right to push the ball just beyond the goal for a corner kick. The save proved instrumental, and Timbers defender Nat Borchers scored in five minutes into second-half stoppage time give Portland the 1-0 win.
All-Time MLS Save of the Year Winners:
2015: Adam Kwarasey – Portland Timbers | 8/15/15 v Real Salt Lake, 31st minute
2014: Luis Robles – New York Red Bulls | 9/20/14 v Seattle Sounders FC, 69th minute
2013: Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake | 8/3/13 v Colorado Rapids, 53rd minute
2012: Nick Rimando – Real Salt Lake | 4/14/12 v Sporting Kansas City, 75th minute
2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC | 10/15/11 v San Jose Earthquakes, 64th minute
2010: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC | 4/17/10 v Kansas City Wizards, 92nd minute
2009: Pat Onstad – Houston Dynamo | 4/19/09 v Colorado Rapids, 83rd minute