So today Major League Soccer announced the winner of Keeper of the Year, the vote went in favor of DC United’s Bill Hamid:
2014 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year: Bill Hamid – D.C. United
Bill Hamid had a breakthrough season between the pipes for D.C. United in 2014, his fifth season with the club. Hamid was one of the key components of D.C.’s amazing comeback in which the team claimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference after setting a league-worst record in 2013. This year, Hamid recorded the most minutes of his career for D.C. United with 2,700, and set regular season career highs with 10 shutouts and 110 saves. The Virginia native finished second in league shutouts, three behind Vancouver’s David Ousted, and recorded the second-best goals against average with a 1.13 average among goalkeepers that played more than 2000 minutes. Hamid’s success did not go unnoticed, as he went on to earn his second-ever cap for the U.S. men’s national team, playing a full 90 minutes in the Americans’ 4-1 loss to Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18.
The Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando and Columbus Crew SC’s Steve Clark. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top four candidates:
So I get that things like this in part are a popularity contest, there is also the fact that Salt Lake is a small market and yes that often plays a role in votes like this.
So I thought I would take a look at how the seasons stacked up for both Hamid and Rimando:
- 24 matches played
- 13 wins – 54%
- 4 losses – 17%
- 7 shutouts – 29%
- 73.2% save percentage
- 1.04 GAA
- 5 Save of the Week awards
- 4 of 5 PKs saved (thanks to James Delorey for the stat)
- 30 matches played
- 14 wins – 47%
- 9 losses – 30%
- 10 shutouts – 33%
- 75.3% save percentage
- 1.13 GAA
- 0 Save of the Week awards
- 0 of 4 PKs saved (again thanks to James Delorey for the stat)
Now I get that Save of the Week is a fan voted award but even if you ignore that number, the reality is that Nick won a higher percentage of matches, lost a lower percentage of matches and had a better GAA. So I am not sure what the hell the media used as their criteria for voting, but an almost 7% gap between the two is simply enough to make one scratch their heads. This was a year that saw Nick set the all time MLS record for shutouts, Nick continues to be the best PK stopper in MLS history and yet not once in his career has he won Keeper of the Year. Yeah something is wrong with the system.
However once again showing why is the best keeper in MLS and perhaps in MLS history, Nick responded on Twitter with this:
Yup, I don’t care what the vote says, Nick Rimando is my Keeper of the Year.
That’s How I See It