2019 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

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Following last year’s goalkeeper race, this year’s battle for best goalkeeper in the league has been highlighted by underdogs and coming-off-the-bench goalkeepers. Early into the season, Maxime Crepeau (6.27) broke away from the pack as the lead candidate but Steve Clark (8.45) and Matt Turner’s (6.82) furious back half of the season saw a close finish between the three goalkeepers. Ultimately Steve Clark earned top of the chart honors, averaging out to an outstanding +.35 per 90 minutes and clearing second-place Matt Turner by 1.63 goals.

Clark and Turner weren’t the only goalkeepers who saw a strong second-half performance during the season. After a lackluster start, both David Bingham (5.55) and Luis Robles (4.36) displayed a dramatic improvement in goal, saving their teams multiple goals in the closing months. National team goalkeepers were mostly positive in MLS play. Sean Johnson (3.43) and Tim Howard (3.13) were consistently above average while Brad Guzan (0.59) and Nick Rimando (-1.91) bounced around the 0 mark for most the season.

Lastly, teams that made the biggest bang for their buck were, to no surprise, found with the top three goalkeepers. New England’s Matt Turner and Portland’s Steve Clark performed at a rate that warranted $1.4 million dollar salaries but were on $75,398 and $140,000 contracts, respectively. Maxime Crepeau gave a $740,000-worthy season as well, but only received $94,083 guaranteed compensation. Inversely, Bill Hamid, Vito Mannone, Andre Blake and others struggled to make up their six-figure contracts, playing at a fraction of their cost.

For more detail statistics on each goalkeeper, click here to view the web page which breaks down each goalkeeper’s contributions into seven categories, week-by-week performances, and how much they deserve to be paid.

RankGSARKeeperTeam Mins GSAR/90
1 8.21 Steve Clark POR 2160 0.34
2 8.02 Matt Turner NE 1766 0.41
3 7.18 Maxime Crepeau VAN 2340 0.28
4 5.60 David Bingham LAG 2970 0.17
5 5.18 Luis Robles RBNY 2970 0.16
6 4.97 Sean Johnson NYC 2610 0.17
7 4.04 Tim Melia SKC 2880 0.13
8 2.99 Tim Howard CLR 2205 0.12
9 2.81 Tyler Miller LAFC 2520 0.10
10 2.23 Evan Bush MON 2880 0.07
11 2.17 Brian Rowe OCSC 2880 0.07
12 2.06 Brad Guzan ATL 3060 0.06
13 1.33 Bill Hamid DC 2970 0.04
14 0.18 Vito Mannone MIN 3060 0.01
15 0.02 Quentin Westberg TOR 2520 0.00
16 -0.25 Kenneth Kronholm CHC 1800 -0.01
17 -0.85 Daniel Vega SJ 3060 -0.03
18 -1.34 Stefan Frei SEA 3060 -0.04
19 -1.42 Spencer Richey CIN 1710 -0.07
20 -1.55 Jose Luis Gonzalez FCD 2880 -0.05
21 -1.90 Nick Rimando RSL 2610 -0.07
22 -2.84 Andre Blake PHI 2286 -0.11
23 -3.93 Joe Willis HOU 2430 -0.15
- 2.77 Zac MacMath VAN 720 0.35
- 2.09 Clint Irwin CLR 945 0.20
- 1.34 David Ousted CHC 1260 0.10
- 1.34 Carlos PHI 319 0.38
- 1.03 Brad Stuver NYC 450 0.21
- 0.94 Pablo Sisniega LAFC 540 0.16
- 0.79 Eloy Room CLB 1080 0.07
- 0.32 Andrew Putna RSL 450 0.06
- 0.21 Adrian Zendejas SKC 90 0.21
- 0.19 Jimmy Maurer FCD 180 0.10
- 0.10 Jeff Attinella POR 900 0.01
- -0.14 Chris Seitz DCU 90 -0.14
- -0.14 Matt Lampson LAG 90 -0.14
- -0.22 Greg Ranjitsingh OCSC 180 -0.11
- -0.38 Eric Dick SKC 90 -0.38
- -0.42 Jon Kempin CLB 270 -0.14
- -0.44 Clement Diop MON 180 -0.22
- -0.48 Ryan Meara RBNY 90 -0.48
- -1.17 Zack Steffen CLB 1170 -0.09
- -1.16 Brad Knighton NE 664 -0.16
- -1.38 Alex Bono TOR 630 -0.20
- -1.46 Matt Freese PHI 455 -0.29
- -1.73 Tyler Deric HOU 630 -0.25
- -1.88 Cody Cropper NE 630 -0.27
- -3.24 Joe Bendik CLB 540 -0.54
- -4.84 Przemyslaw Tyton CIN 1350 -0.32

Goalkeepers not given a rank in the first column (starting with Zac MacMath and Clint Irwin) were excluded from the rankings for not playing half the games in the season.

NCAA Preseason Goalkeeper Rankings - Women's 2019

Seniors

1. Mandy McGlynn (Virginia Tech) - 20
2. Ella Dederick (Washington State) - 23
3. Mikayla Krzeczowski (South Carolina) - 21
4. Jalen Tompkins (Colorado) - 22
5. Rylee Foster (West Virginia, Canada) - 20
6. Jaelyn Cunningham (Illinois) - 21
7. Emily Plotz (Stetson) - 21
8. Teagan Micah (UCLA, Australia) - 21
9. Heather Martin (Texas State) - 21
10. Amanda Fitzgerald (Fairleigh Dickinson) - 21

Make or beak: Mikayla Krzeczowski. It’s the classic question of “Can the undersized goalkeeper cover the whole goal?” The 5’6” senior was named first-team All-SEC last year but will likely need a repeat showing to convince NWSL teams she’s worth bringing in next spring. Krzeczowski is quick and is surprisingly explosive, although handling has been an issue as LSU fans might remember. If Krzeczowski comes in with strong hands, shows she can cover everything under the crossbar, and gets a little help from her teammates to make a deep run, Krzeczowski could hear her name called in January. Anything else, and she may be outside looking in this time next year.

Juniors

1. Emily Alvarado (TCU, Mexico) - 21
2. Sydney Schneider (UNC Wilmington, Jamaica) - 19
3. Kaylie Collins (USC) - 21
4. Hillary Beall (Michigan) - 20
5. Lysianne Proulx (Syracuse, Canada) - 20
6. Brooke Heinsohn (Duke) - 21
7. Laurel Ivory (Virginia) - 19
8. Nadine Maher (Southeastern Louisiana, Ireland) - 21
9. Emma Roccaforte (McNeese State) - 20
10. Katelyn McEachern (Youngstown State) - 21

Make or beak: Hillary Beall. Going into her junior year, Beall still only has 17 matches to her name as 2018 was derailed with a leg injury. Beall spent this summer with the UWS’s LA Galaxy Orange County and while the added playing time and training will surely boost her confidence heading into the fall, her main litmus test will be found in quick decision making. The 5’11” goalkeeper has no problem laying out for a full stretch, but angle play and 1v1s aren’t her strong suit. Coming off a championship run with the LA Galaxy Orange County in the UWS summer league, Beall isn’t a stranger to winning, but prepping herself for the 2021 NWSL draft is her latest challenge.

Sophomores

1. Hensley Hancuff (Villanova) - 18
2. Lauren Brzykcy (UCLA) - 19
3. Courtney O'Malley (UNC Asheville) - 19
4. Claudia Dickey (North Carolina) - 19
5. Mackenzie Wood (Northwestern) - 19
6. Lydia Kessel (Vermont) - 19
7. Brooke Bollinger (Florida State) - 19
8. Meagan McClelland (Rutgers) - 18
9. Madison Clem (Michigan State) - 20
10. Olivia Sekany (California) - 20

Make or beak: Olivia Sekany. While Brooke Bollinger might have a little bit of work to fend off redshirt senior Caroline Jeffers, Cal has their hands full with their goalkeeping situation. Rising sophomores Olivia Sekany and Amanda Zodikoff split time last year and US U17 goalkeeper Angelina Anderson joins them this fall. The U17 World Cup veteran arrives at Berkeley with enough prestige that immediately puts pressure on Sekany. As a former U18 goalkeeper, Sekany needs to show that last year’s 58% save percentage was an anomaly or else she may be playing second fiddle to a freshman goalkeeper.

Freshmen

1. Jenny Wahlen (Portland, Sweden) - 20
2. Angelina Anderson (California) - 18
3. Anna Leat (Georgetown, New Zealand) - 18
4. Emma Boutorwick (Toledo) - 18
5. Maggie Van Thullenar (Auburn) - 18
6. Kayza Massey (West Virginia, Canada) - 18
7. Heather Hinz (South Carolina) - 18
8. Maya Bellomo (Baylor) - 18
9. Katie Meyer (Stanford) - 19
10. Alisa Crooks (Alabama) - 18

Make or beak: Anna Leat. Freshmen have the luxury of time so Leat isn’t necessarily in a massive crunch. However, the New Zealander started in the U17 World Cup and needs to show Georgetown she’s worth the investment. Georgetown heavily relied on graduated senior Arielle Schechtman last season but enter this fall with an open net. If Leat can’t nail down the starting spot sooner than later, the Hoyas may start looking elsewhere with the future of the net.

Past Collegiate Goalkeeper Rankings

2018: Preseason and Final
2017: Preseason and Final
2016: Preseason and Final
2015: Preseason and Final

Cover photo from Hokiesports.com

World Cup Goalkeepers Asking For Goals to Be Bigger

Everybody Soccer is a site that mostly covers non-fiction goalkeeping events. Occasionally we’ll see a satirical piece to offer some more variety, like this article here as well as some interviews with MLS goalkeepers from the past couple years. All quotes here are fictitious. Cover photo from Slate.com.


After a stunning display against defending champions the United States, Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler sparked some controversy with her post-game remarks.

“It was a good game. I felt really confident with how I played. But to be honest I would have liked to see what I can do with a bigger goal.”

The US jumped out to an early lead, scoring three goals just 35 minutes into the game. On the heels of a new World Cup scoring record of 13 in the previous game against Thailand, it looked like the US was pushing for another double-digit scoreline. However Endler had other plans, repeatedly turning down scoring chance after scoring chance.

“There was one save I had in the second half, against Christen Press, where I had the shot covered so well I started thinking, ‘You know, the Texas state flag does look a lot like ours. I wonder if that was on accident or if they’re just big fans.’ And then I made the save.”

Chile isn’t the only country who has displayed great goalkeeping this world cup; Jamaica boasted newcomer Sydney Schneider, who quickly made her name known after her performance against Brazil. The nineteen-year-old’s showing went viral after the collegiate-athlete shut down a number of dangerous opportunities for the Brazilians, despite the loss.

Jamaican goalkeeper Sydney Schneider will return to UNC Wilmington this fall, where much controversy surrounds the height and width of the Seahawks’ goal frames.

Jamaican goalkeeper Sydney Schneider will return to UNC Wilmington this fall, where much controversy surrounds the height and width of the Seahawks’ goal frames.

“In college, we play with the same size goals,” Schneider said. “They’re 8 feet high. I thought at the World Cup we’d be playing on bigger goals. I was actually a little disappointed to see they were the same size.”

Not to be outdone, veteran goalkeeper Vanina Correa has made Argentina proud after allowing only one goal against Japan and England, two teams who finished second and third in the 2015 edition of the World Cup.

Correa shares what has made her so successful this summer, “I can save most high shots by sticking my hands up. And for the ones I can’t quite get by standing, I just jump. The goals could be bigger. Japan and England could certainly use the help.”

But not everyone is in favor of the new change. Italian goalkeeper Laura Giuliani has spoken out that there would be some unintended consequences if the goal dimensions were adjusted.

“If we make the goal bigger, the nets won’t fit. And then we’ll have some really big problems on our hands,” Giuliani said.

Top 10 U23 Goalkeepers for the USMNT and USWNT

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USMNT

1. JT Marcinkowski, 21 - San Jose Earthquakes
2. Jonathan Klinsmann, 22 - Hertha BSC
3. Justin vom Steeg, 21 - Los Angeles Galaxy
4. Carlos dos Santos, 18 - Benfica
5. Parker Siegfried, 22 - Ohio State
6. Jacob Harris, 21 - Colgate
7. Jimmy Slayton, 21 - Hartford
8. Ben Hale, 21 - Furman
9. Eric Lopez, 20 - Los Angeles Galaxy
10. Andrew Thomas, 20 - Stanford

Marcinkowski and Klinsmann were recently called into the U23 camp. It’s a positive sign there’s a fairly unanimous agreement on the top goalkeepers for a cycle, which hasn’t always been the case. Marcinkowski and Klinsmann split time in the recent 2-0 loss to Egypt and will take on the Netherlands later this weekend. I was critical of Klinsmann’s performances two years ago when he started over Marcinkowski with the U20s but since then he’s earned some strong praise from his goalkeeping coach at Hertha Berlin over his development.

Vom Steeg has emerged as the starter for LAG2, a team known for maintaining a large emphasis on development, so don’t be surprised if California native has a high GAA at the end of the year. He’s played well in his first two matches, even if the defense isn’t quite up to top professional standards yet. Dos Santos is currently with the U20s, where he appears to be a front runner for making the U20 World Cup roster.

While goalkeepers like Klinsmann and Lopez are certainly of a large, physical stature that traditional goalkeepers match, it’s interesting to see a number of undersized and lean goalkeepers are in the pool. Marcinkowski and Siegfried seem a little overbilled at 6’1” and 6’2”, respectively. Vom Steeg and dos Santos are both under 200 pounds, surely modeling parts of their game after David de Gea. Past USYNTs have more often relied on physically dominating goalkeepers but it seems U23 head coach Jason Kreis is putting a high priority on keeping the ball out of the net. Not unrelated, Jon Busch has been working with the U23s this camp.

Marcinkowski, Klinsmann, and the rest of the pool are vying for a roster spot for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, which starts this fall.

USWNT

1. Jalen Tompkins, 22 - Colorado
2. Cosette Morche, 21 - Houston Dash
3. Mikayla Krzeczowski, 21 - South Carolina
4. Brooke Heinsohn, 21 - Duke
5. Kaylie Collins, 20 - USC
6. Emily Alvarado, 20 - TCU
7. Jaelyn Cunningham, 21 - Illinois
8. Mandy McGlynn, 20 - Virginia Tech
9. Hillary Beall, 20 - Michigan
10. Laurel Ivory, 19 - Virginia

The U23 goalkeeping pool on the women’s side is one more for interest and less of consequence. While Marcinkowski and Klinsmann are gearing up for Olympic qualifying (a strictly U23 event), the recent U23 WNT camp has nothing more than a handful of exhibition games currently scheduled. Last year’s U23s went to Norway for a brief U23 tournament, but plans to return have not been announced yet.

The current U23 camp features Laurel Ivory and Mandy McGlynn, the starter and backup from the 2018 U20 World Cup team that did not advance out of their group. Ivory is a goalkeeper who can either showcase top abilities that would easily translate to the professional game or simple errors like we witnessed in the tournament ending match versus Spain. McGlynn heads into her senior year at Virginia Tech as one of the most athletic goalkeepers in her age group.

Morche, Heinsohn, and Beall rely on their frame (all are around the 6’0” mark) and patient positioning while Tompkins, Krzeczowski, Collins, and Alvarado make up in the lack of height with quick reflexes and mobility to get themselves behind the ball. Similar to the men’s pool, there’s a wide variety when looking down the list.

(Cosette Morche is on trial with the Houston Dash and not under contract at this time. Emily Alvarado is currently in the Mexican youth national team setup but a one-time switch could theoretically see her in goal for the US, even though the move is unlikely.)