Los Angeles Soccer: Save of the Year

AWARDS: Nagbe's bomb beats Hassli's

November, 16, 2011

Major League Soccer unveiled the tally for the season's best goal Wednesday, and it wasn't Eric Hassli's flip-and-volley-to-the-far-post that so thrilled, well, everyone except the Seattle Sounders.

The Vancouver forward's remarkable strike was bested by one just as jaw-dropping: Portland rookie Darlington Nagbe's chip-juggle-and-volley-a-rising-laser in a July loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Retiring legend Kasey Keller picked up the Save of the Year honor for the second straight year, awarded for a series of four stops in Seattle's 2-1 victory over San Jose in his final regular-season home game, played in front of 64,140 at CenturyLink Field.

The sequence received 41 percent of an online fan vote after 32 nominees had been whittled to four finalists. Two stops by Portland's Troy Perkins finished second and third, with 32 and 14 percent of the vote.

Nagbe's goal got 42 percent of the count, with Hassli's June 11 strike against Seattle receiving 31. Seattle's Fredy Montero finished third, at 23 percent, for a Sept. 24 goal at Vancouver.

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MLS: More awards

November, 10, 2010
Major League Soccer has announced three more awards this week, all of them well-deserved.

San Jose winger Bobby Convey, whose phenomenal performance last week prodded the Earthquakes past the New York Red Bulls and into Saturday's Eastern Conference final against the Colorado Rapids, is the Comeback Player of the Year. Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio, who scored 12 league goals and six more to lead the Utahns into next year's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, is Newcomer of the Year. New York midfielder Seth Stammler is Humanitarian of the Year.

There were no Galaxy or Chivas USA finalists in any of the categories. L.A. forward Edson Buddle and Chivas midfielder Michael Lahoud were nominated for the Humanitarian honor.

Fan voting for Goal of the Year and Save of the Year continues through 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.