Last week brought a photo finish in the MLS Save of the Week race, but things were a great deal clearer this time around.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia cruised to the Week 12 SOTW prize for his clutch double save on Vancouver forward Fredy Montero, a play that saw Melia block the Whitecaps striker’s penalty kick at full stretch, then throw himself at the rebound to deny Montero and Christian Bolanos on the follow-up.
Melia’s effort racked up an emphatic 56 percent of the vote. Real Salt Lake veteran Nick Rimando finished in a distant second for one of several sterling saves against Seattle, followed by Colorado 'keeper Tim Howard, Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United shot-stopper Bill Hamid. It’s the second SOTW win of the season for Melia.
Watch all five of the Week 12 Save of the Week nominees here.