As a former soccer goalkeeper and current goalkeeper coach, I see the goalkeeping as vitally important to a team’s success.
The table below lists the MLS 2016 Goalkeepers organized by Goals Against Average (GAA). Note: Minimum of 10 games played.
Orange = Keeper for a Final Four Team
Grey = Keeper for a Playoff Team
A few Goalkeeping takeaways:
- Half of the Final Four (Toronto and Colorado) rotated between 2 keepers throughout the year.
- 7 of the Top 10 keepers by GAA played for playoff teams, highlighting the pivotal role of goalkeeping.
- Bingham (San Jose) and Knighton (New England) posted strong GAAs, but their lack of shutouts may have contributed to being left out of playoffs.
- Tyler Deric, homegrown player and Native Texan, showed promise in limited time for Houston. (leader in GAA and Shutouts/Start)
Until next time,