Joe Bendik's season with Orlando City may have ended sooner than he would have liked, but he can take some solace via the individual honor he just claimed.
Bendik won the 2016 MLS Save of the Year on Friday after garnering 76 percent of the vote while Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei earned 24 percent. The 27-year-old Bendik, who was in his first season with Orlando this year, was victorious with his scrambling denial of Dom Dwyer in the Lions' 2-1 road loss to Sporting Kansas City on May 15.
The veteran American netminder made the highlight-reel stop in the 45th minute. After Benny Feilhaber played Dwyer in on goal, Bendik alertly narrowed down the angle before shuffling to his right to get down and stop Dwyer's left-footed shot.
The road to being save champion was interesting one for Bendik, who made a habit of turning in eye-popping blocks this season. He beat himself in the first two rounds before cruising past New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton in Round 3. Bendik then crushed the Houston Dynamo's Joe Willis in the semifinals by an 88-12 margin.
Bendik was an ironman in between the pipes for Orlando City, who missed the postseason, this year. He started in all 34 of the club's games and played all 3,060 minutes in those matches while making 114 saves and posting five shutouts.