Awarding Sounders’ hard work
While the Sounders flamed out of the playoffs after many, including me, though they would be making their first trip to the MLS finals there was a bright spot recently when Kasey Keller and Mauro Rosales were given league awards. The awards were handed out after a vote by MLS players, MLS officials, and the media.
This was Keller’s last season in goal, or is it, as he retired at season’s end, but oh what a last season it was and he was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He won the award in a landslide and he also made the MLS All Star team this season and was named to the MLS Best XI.
Keller stated in a new release,” It was a great year and I’m proud that I was able to perform at the level in my final year that I hoped to achieve.
Anytime you receive an award it’s always nice that someone has thought of you in that regard. I have never played the game for the awards but it’s nice to be recognized by your peers.”
Keller was not only given the award as a farewell, but because of his stellar season in goal. He finished the season with a MLS high 18 wins, his 75.8% save percentage was the best among the league’s starting keepers, posted a 1.09 goals against average, and set a career high making 118 saves.
Mauro Rosales was the 2nd Sounders‘ player to win the Newcomer of the Year award after Fredy Montero took home the honor 2 years ago. Rosales had a great first season in Seattle and he not only won the Newcomer of the Year award, but was also a legit candidate for the MLS MVP award.
Rosales had 5 goals on the season and his 13 assists set a Sounders’ franchise record. He was one of the main reasons that the Sounders led the MLS with 56 goals on the season.
The native of Argentina stated in a press release, “This is an award I share with my teammates, because without them we could not be so successful.”
It looks like a lock that he will be back with the Sounders next season, as a new contract is currently in the works.
Next Up: After a long break the Sounders will play in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, which is the team’s first foray into that competition’s knockout phase.
They will be facing Santos Laguna from Mexico and the first leg of the 2-leg series will be played on March 7, 2012 at CenturyLink Field with the 2nd leg being played a week later in Torreon, Mexico.