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2011 MLS Player of the Month (July): Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)

Kevin Hartman is the MLS Player of the Month for July 2011.

Hartman was nominated by both his club FC Dallas and by 3rdDegree.net’s Buzz Carrick.

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Carrick saw Hartman’s form as shaping more than Dallas’ season but being one that took him closer to making club history:

“Kevin Hartman had an extraordinary July even by his standards. FC Dallas was involved in three competitions, the MLS regular season, the US Open Cup, and the CONCACAF Champions League (their first time in the CCL as well).

Because of the schedule overload FCD faced a grueling eight games with some crazy travel to three countries and home games in the insane summer heat of Dallas. At the same time Dallas is getting hampered by injuries and call ups, particularly at striker, damaging their goal scoring potential.

Just when the team needed to clamp down on defense the most, Kevin Hartman and company stepped up. Hartman, with help from his defense of course, pitched shutouts in 6 of the 8 games FCD played during the month earning the club a 5-1-2 record. Hartman himself posted a 0.5 GAA over the month span. Hartman’s experience, positioning, and communication keep his defense calm and collected. Timely saves and big stops single handedly kept FCD from going behind in several games.

At month’s end Hartman had 12 shutouts on the season. With 11 games left this season, Hartman has a shot at the MLS record of 16 shutouts held by Tony Meola.”

Hartman recorded four of those shutouts in the month of July in MLS to increase his all-time MLS shutout record to 105.

Hartman leads MLS in shutouts (12) and wins (12) this season. He finished the month of July with 20 saves and four goals against in six matches for a goals against average of 0.667 in MLS and a record of 3-1-2.

The top statistical goalkeeper in MLS history, Hartman also recorded a shutout in a quarterfinal Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday, July 12 at Pizza Hut Park. The 37-year-old goalkeeper also earned a clean sheet in a 1-0 over Alianza FC in CONCACAF Champions League play on Thursday, July 28. (statistics supplied by FC Dallas)

Another of the NASR voters, Shaun Schafer of Colorado Soccer Now added:

“El Gato” was at his best in the month of July. Hartman continues to make Dallas a better team.”

Hartman is the second goalkeeper to win the award this year.

In March, RSL’s Nick Rimando took 11 of the 25 first-place votes in the polling and tacked on five second-place votes, beating out for the top spot his RSL teammate, MF Javier Morales in what was a big month for that club.

With their qualification for the Group stages of the CONCACAF Cup partly assured by the road win, their Open Cup semi final place guaranteed, and the gap on Los Angeles Galaxy at the top of MLS narrowed, FC Dallas can claim to have had an equally important and successful month.

Omar Bravo of Sporting Kansas came in second with Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall third with four and two first choice preference votes respectively.

Alvaro Saborio (RSL), Dwayne De Rosario (DCU), Mauro Rosales (SEA), and Thierry Henry (NYRB) all tallied a single vote.

Previous Awards:

2011 MLS Player of the Month (June): Graham Zusi – Sporting Kansas

2011 MLS Player of the Month (May): Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy

2011 MLS Player of the Month (April): Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo

2011 MLS Player of the Month (March): Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake


How we voted:

Voter POTW Choice Second Choice
Kerith Gabriel Alvaro Saborio (RSL) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
Elliott Almond Dwayne DeRosario (DC) Kevin Hartman (DAL)
Orrin Schwartz Kevin Hartman (DAL) Osvaldo Alonso (SEA)
Jonathan Tannenwald Kevin Hartman (DAL) Joel Lindpere (NY)
Buzz Carrick Kevin Hartman (DAL) Fredy Montero (SEA)
JP Dellacamera Kevin Hartman (DAL) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
Michael Lewis Kevin Hartman (DAL) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
Michael C. Lewis Kevin Hartman (DAL) Omar Bravo (SKC)
Shaun Schafer Kevin Hartman (DAL) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
Phil Schoen Kevin Hartman (DAL) Sanna Nyassi (COL)
Nick Thomas Kevin Hartman (DAL) Sanna Nyassi (COL)
Shawn Mitchell Kevin Hartman (DAL) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
Marc Connolly Kevin Hartman (DAL) Fredy Montero (SEA)
Brian Balboa Kevin Hartman (DAL) Tally Hall (HOU)
Beau Dure Kevin Hartman (DAL) Omar Bravo (SKC)
Jonah Freedman Kevin Hartman (DAL) Omar Bravo (SKC)
Matt Kieltyka Kevin Hartman (DAL) Omar Bravo (SKC)
Frank Dell’Apa Mauro Rosales (SEA) Sanna Nyassi (COL)
Tom Timmermann Omar Bravo (SKC) Kevin Hartman (DAL)
Scott French Omar Bravo (SKC) Joel Lindpere (NY)
Jamie Trecker Omar Bravo (SKC) Kevin Hartman (DAL)
Don Ruiz Omar Bravo (SKC) Osvaldo Alonso (SEA)
Steven Sandor Tally Hall (HOU) Kevin Hartman (DAL)
Steve Clare Tally Hall (HOU) Sanna Nyassi (COL)
Bobby McMahon Thierry Henry (NY) Dwayne DeRosario (DC)
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