Villalba Wins AT&T Goal Of The Year; Guzan Takes MLS Save Of The Year

  • November 15, 2017
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ATLANTA (Nov. 15, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced that Atlanta United forward Tito Villalba won AT&T Goal of the Year and teammate Brad Guzan earned MLS Save of the Year. The MLS Save of the Year was unveiled on

Villalba’s right-footed game-winner on July 21 against Orlando City SC captured the top honors. The Argentine Designated Player silenced Orlando City Stadium when, in the 86th minute of a 0-0 match, he controlled a throw-in on the left wing, took one touch into a pocket of space and blasted a 30-yard game-winning strike past goalkeeper Joe Bendik. That late goal also served as the exclamation point to a season-high four-game winning streak.


The top-voted save of 2017 was Guzan’s incredible reaction stop against New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips on Oct. 15. The 65th-minute save occurred after the host Red Bulls played a quick restart that led to a cross from the left side of the box. Wright-Phillips was in position for what appeared to be a high-percentage tap-in from five yards out, however Guzan spoiled BWP’s moment, diving to his left and parrying the ball over the crossbar en route to a clean sheet and 0-0 road draw.


The AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year were determined by fan votes on The Goal of the Year has been awarded since the league’s inaugural 1996 season and the Save of the Year was established in 2009.


All-time MLS Goal of the Year winners:

2017: Héctor Villalba – Atlanta United | 7/21/17 vs. Orlando City SC, 86th minute

2016: Shkëlzen Gashi – Colorado Rapids | 9/24/16 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 75th minute

2015: Krisztián Németh – Sporting Kansas City | 10/4/15 vs. Portland Timbers, 83rd minute

2014: Obafemi Martins – Seattle Sounders FC | 5/23/14 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8th minute

2013: Camilo Sanvezzo – Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 10/6/13 vs. Portland Timbers, 78th minute

2012: Patrick Ianni – Seattle Sounders FC | 6/20/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 15th minute

2011: Darlington Nagbe – Portland Timbers | 7/2/11 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 45th minute

2010: Marco Pappa – Chicago Fire | 4/10/10 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 52nd minute

2009: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy | 8/8/09 vs. New England Revolution, 21st minute

2008: Will Johnson – Real Salt Lake | 10/18/08 vs. FC Dallas, 54th minute

2007: Cuauhtémoc Blanco – Chicago Fire | 8/18/07 vs. Real Salt Lake, 43rd minute

2006: Brian Ching – Houston Dynamo | 9/30/06 v D.C. United, 86th minute

2005: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 10/15/05 vs. LA Galaxy, 45th minute

2004: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 8/7/04 vs. D.C. United, 82nd minute

2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire | 8/13/03 vs. Columbus Crew, 90th minute

2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy | 7/27/02 vs. Columbus Crew, 75th minute

2001: Clint Mathis – MetroStars | 4/28/01 vs. Dallas Burn, 60th minute

2000: Marcelo Balboa – Colorado Rapids | 4/22/00 vs. Columbus Crew, 55th minute

1999: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 5/22/99 vs. Miami Fusion, 90th minute

1998: Brian McBride – Columbus Crew | 7/9/98 vs. Chicago Fire, 68th minute

1997: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 8/27/97 vs. New England Revolution, 39th minute

1996: Eric Wynalda – San Jose Clash | 4/6/96 vs. D.C. United, 88th minute


All-time MLS Save of the Year winners:

2017: Brad Guzan – Atlanta United | 10/15/17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 65th minute

2016: Joe Bendik – Orlando City SC | 5/15/16 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 45th minute

2015: Adam Kwarasey – Portland Timbers | 8/15/15 vs. Real Salt Lake, 31st minute

2014: Luis Robles – New York Red Bulls | 9/20/14 vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 69th minute

2013: Nick Rimando – Real Salt Lake | 8/3/13 vs. Colorado Rapids, 53rd minute

2012: Nick Rimando – Real Salt Lake | 4/14/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 75th minute

2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC | 10/15/11 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 64th minute

2010: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC | 4/17/10 vs. Kansas City Wizards, 90th+2 minute

2009: Pat Onstad – Houston Dynamo | 4/19/09 vs. Colorado Rapids, 83rd minute

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