Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller has won the MLS Player of the Week Award for Week 31.
Due to the paucity of games, matches from last weekend were also considered.
Keller conceded a goal in his side’s match with San Jose but the match signified a post match celebration in honour of his great career, both at club and international level.
He also produced a remarkable series of saves late in the second half which ensured his side won the game.
He made seven saves in total but two of the voters recognised that there was a bigger picture than the mere feats that the former US international achieved this week.
SHAUN SCHAFER of Colorado Soccer Now wrote:
“This is the last time I will probably get the chance to put Kasey Keller at the top of the player of the week list. He played well. He was a professional, and he went out on a high note. Kudos to Kasey and thank you.”
“I’ve had the honor of watching Kasey, and interviewing him over the last three years. He is as loved by the media, as he is by his colleagues, as he is by the fans.
He is a credit to the sport in every way and for every minute he conducts himself. US Soccer and MLS are the better for having seen some part of his playing career on home turf.”
The decision to use the award to recognise a career was not universal.
Columbus Crew’s Andreas Mendoza received three votes to Keller’s six, and the man who put the ball into Keller’s net on Saturday and generally tormented the Sounders, Chris Wondolowski also received three.
Mendoza’s efforts were instrumental in guaranteeing his side a post season after a 3-0 win over New England in which he scored twice.
The reigning Player of the Month holder Sebastien Le Toux of Philadelphia Union came in fourth with two votes.
Dallas’ Brek Shea and Whitecaps FC’s Camilo also received mention in voters’ first choices.
Other players receiving recognition were Long Tan who scored his first ever MLS goal in Vancouver’s 2-1 win over DC United and Chicago’s Gonzalo Segares.
How we voted:
|Voter||POTW Choice||Second Choice|
|Orrin Schwartz||Andres Mendoza (CLB)||Kasey Keller (SEA)|
|Marc Connolly||Andres Mendoza (CLB)||Kasey Keller (SEA)|
|Michael Lewis||Andres Mendoza (CLB)||Sebastien Le Toux (PHI)|
|Kerith Gabriel||Brek Shea (DAL)||Sebastien Le Toux (PHI)|
|Nick Thomas||Camilo (VAN)||Kasey Keller (SEA)|
|Frank Giase||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Camilo (VAN)|
|Elliott Almond||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|JP Dellacamera||Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|Steven Sandor||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Camilo (VAN)|
|Shaun Schafer||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|Bobby McMahon||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|Beau Dure||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|Don Ruiz||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Andres Mendoza (CLB)|
|Scott French||Sebastien Le Toux (PHI)||Camilo (VAN)|
|Jonah Freedman||Sebastien Le Toux (PHI)||Gonzalo Segares (CHI)|
|Steve Clare||Kasey Keller (SEA)||Long Tan (VAN)|
How we voted:
Previous 2011 POTW Winners:
Week 29: Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
Week 28: Dwayne De Rosario (DC United)
Week 27: Danny Koevermans (Toronto)
Week 26: Charlie Davies (DC United)
Week 24: Lamar Neagle (Sounders FC)
Week 23: Graham Zusi (SKC)
Week 22: Chris Pontius (DC United)
Week 21: Dwayne De Rosario (DC United)
Week 20: Dwayne De Rosario (DC United)
Week 19 Winner: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)
Week 18 Winner: Mauro Rosales (Sounders FC)
Week 17 Winner: Fredy Montero (Sounders FC)
Week 16 Winner: Joel Lindpere (NYRB)
Week 15 Winner: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)
Week 14 Winner: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)
Week 13 Winner: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 12 Winner: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)
Week 11 Winner: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)
Week 10 Winner: Jeff Parke (Sounders FC)
Week 9 Winner: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Week 8 Winner: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)
Week 7 Winner: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 6 Winner: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 5 Winner: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4 Winner: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Week 3 Winner: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 2 Winner: Javier Morales (RSL)
Week 1 Winner: Omar Bravo (SKC)