The Sounders and Stefan Frei led MLS with 13 regular-season shutouts as they finished third in goals allowed with 39. Frei saved 69.4 percent of the shots on
goal he faced and chalked up four straight clean sheets in the playoffs prior to being beaten twice in the MLS Cup final. His counterpart in the final, Alex Bono, had wrested the TFC starting
job from Clint Irwin early in the season and kept Irwin on the bench with a run of impressive displays. He saved 69.2 percent of the shots he faced and steered TFC through a pair of tricky
postseason series with clutch stops.
If possible, Brad Guzan did even better than expected when he arrived midseason and those expectations were tall. He logged an amazing eight shutouts in 14 regular-season appearances, posted a league-best 80.9 save percentage, and allowed a miserly 0.71 goals per game. He’s one of many reasons Atlanta United will go into the 2018 season as a serious threat to win the league title.
Andre Blake actually posted better numbers than he did last year when he was named Goalkeeper of the Year. This season he recorded nine shutouts, a save percentage of 70.4, and a goals-allowed mark of 1.31, and finished second to Melia in the GOTY voting.
Another former Goalkeeper of the Year (in 2015), Luis Robles, extended his astonishing streak of consecutive appearances to 192 (including playoffs). He finished tied for second with 10 shutouts. In his first season with NYCFC after a long stint as the starter in Chicago, Sean Johnson posted solid numbers (1.22 goals-allowed average, 70.1 save percentage) in the regular season yet looked a bit shaky down the stretch. Zack Steffen played every minute for Crew SC and pulled off enough crucial saves that Columbus nearly reached the MLS Cup final.
Another season of being bombarded was enough for Hamid, who saved 74.2 percent of the shots he faced and conceded 35 goals in 24 games. (In United’s other 10 games, it allowed 25). The suspension halted a comeback for Deric, who won back the starting job after being benched early in the season and stopped 69.7 percent of shots on goal.