Jake Gleeson - Portland Timbers - Close up

After Sunday's win over Toronto FC, it may be safe to say the drop-off between the Portland Timbers' first- and second-choice goalkeepers isn't all that much.


With four big-time saves in the second half alone of the Timbers' 2-1 win over TFC, goalkeeper Jake Gleeson may have given starters around the league league a run for their money. Gleeson has been filling in for starter Adam Kwarasey, who tore a ligament in his hand against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 16.


On Sunday, Gleeson put in a impressive performance, making four crucial saves to deny Toronto FC's potent attack and keep the Timbers in the match:



Coach Caleb Porter offered a cool reaction to his backup's performance, telling reporters: "It’s his job to do that. Like I told him, even though those are very good saves, that should be routine."


Fair enough. But Sunday's display begs the question just the same...


Who is the best backup goalkeeper in MLS?