2013 Save of the Year

Which stop stood out in 2013? Vote for your favorites!

Playing in goal is one of the more thankless tasks on a soccer field, but that doesn't mean they miss out on the spotlight entirely. MLS highlight reels have once again been filled with some top quality saves this year, and it's time to give them their proper due.

The 2013 Save of the Year is organized as a World Cup-style tournament, of sorts, and it all culminates in the announcement of the Save of the Year on Thursday, December 5.

Here's how it all works:

  • The Play-in Round (voting Nov. 2-3) will consist of one group of four Save of the Week winners in 2013. The top save in the group will advance to the next round.
  • The First Round (voting Nov 4-11) will consist of the remaining 31 winners of the Save of the Week in 2013 plus the Play-In Round winner, placed in eight groups of four. The top two saves in each group, as determined by an online vote, will advance to the Round of 16.
  • The Round of 16 (Nov 13-20) will consist of the 16 remaining saves, placed in four groups of four. The top vote-getter in each group, as determined by an online vote, will advance to the Final Group.
  • The Final Group (Nov 22-27) will consist of the 4 remaining saves, placed in one group. The MLS Save of the Year winner will be determined by an online vote.

Click HERE to see the MLS Save of the Week winners for 2013.

And while you're at it, don't forget to cast your vote for the ones that did make it in the net. You can find the 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year vote right here.

Play-In Round

D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SJ - Wk 8
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SJ - Wk 22
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. CHV
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. SJ

Voting for the Play-In Round is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

First Round

Group A Group B

D. Ricketts (POR) vs. COL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. DAL
B. Hamid (DC) vs. HOU
R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. SJ

N. Rimando (RSL) vs. COL
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. TOR

R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. MTL
T. Perkins (MTL) vs. TOR

Voting for Groups A-B is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group C Group D

D. Ricketts (POR) vs. MTL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SKC
J. Attinella (RSL) vs. DAL
M. Gspurning (SEA) vs. CLB

K. Sarkodie (HOU) vs. DC
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. SJ

C. Irwin (COL) vs. RSL
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. VAN

Voting for Groups C-D is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group E Group F

L. Robles (NY) vs. PHI
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SEA
R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. LA
K. Alhassan (POR) vs. TOR

J. Penedo (LA) vs. VAN
M. Hahnemann (SEA) vs. TOR

N. Rimando (RSL) vs. LA
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. POR

Voting for Groups E-F is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group G Group H

D. Ricketts (POR) vs. VAN
N. Borchers (RSL) vs. DAL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. NE
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. CHV

C. Wingert (RSL) vs. LA
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. COL

J. Penedo (LA) vs. POR
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SJ

Voting for Groups G-H is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Semifinal Round

Group 1

R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. LA
R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. COL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. MTL
C. Irwin (COL) vs. RSL

Voting for Group 1 is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group 2

R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. SJ
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. COL

N. Rimando (RSL) vs. LA
K. Sarkodie (HOU) vs. DC 

Voting for Group 2 is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group 3

D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SKC
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. DAL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. VAN
N. Borchers (RSL) vs. DAL

Voting for Group 3 is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Group 4

J. Penedo (LA) vs. VAN
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. SEA
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. COL
C. Wingert (RSL) vs. LA 

Voting for Group 4 is now closed, but click HERE to watch the saves.

Final Round

Final

R. Fernandez (DAL) vs. LA
N. Rimando (RSL) vs. COL
D. Ricketts (POR) vs. VAN
J. Penedo (LA) vs. VAN

Click HERE to vote for the best save of 2013. Voting is open until 11:59 pm PT, Nov. 27.