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March 12, 2019, 3:01 am

Tim Melia named to MLS Team of the Week bench after strong outing vs. Philadelphia

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was called to the MLS Team of the Week seat for Week 2 aft leading in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.

Tim Melia named to MLS Team of the Week bench after strong outing vs. Philadelphia
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Tim Melia called to MLS Team of the Week seat aft beardown excursion vs. Philadelphia March 11, 20194:46PM CDT Follow@ skovzan Previous

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was called to the MLS Team of the Week seat for Week 2 aft leading in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park.

Melia dressed the aft noon with four saves, none of which were larger than his speech act of Mexican global Marco Fabian from the punishment spot just earlier halftime.

The stop proven conclusive in what became Melia’s 40th calling daily-season shutout as Sporting claimed all 3 points in their MLS home opener.

As tough as fillet a punishment kick is—just 16.7 percent of penalties were blessed during the 2018 MLS daily season—Melia has oftentimes made the art look easy. Case in point: his heroics between the posts in recent years.

Since the start of 2016, Melia has blessed eight penalties in MLS daily season matches. No other goalkeeper has more than five.

Incredibly enough, Melia has blessed eight of 18 penalties faced over the last four daily seasons. Among keepers with at least five punishment kicks faced during that time, his 0.44 save percentage on spot kicks blows away a crop of second-placed goalkeepers tied on 0.33.

MLS REGULAR SEASON: MOST PENALTIES SAVED SINCE 2016

Player Club Saved Faced
Tim Melia Sporting KC 8 18
Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 5 15
Zach Steffen Columbus Crew SC 4 12
Andre Blake
Evan Bush
Luis Robles
Tim Howard
Joe Bendik
Philadelphia Union
Montreal Impact
NY Red Bulls
Colorado Rapids
Orlando City SC
3
3
3
3
3
16
16
16
17
18

With Sunday’s MLS fixture in the books, Melia and Sporting will switch gears Thursday as the club battles Panamanian side Independiente in the conclusive second leg of the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals. Faced with a 2-1 deficit, Manager Peter Vermes’ men can win the series with a 1-0 triumph or a multi-goal victory.

Tickets for the pivotal matchup are included in Season Ticket Member packages and remain available at SeatGeek.com as Sporting aims to reach the semifinals of North America’s most prestigious club competition for the first time.

Topics:  League Player Team Previous
  • OFFICIAL: Sporting acquires midfielder Gedion Zelalem from Arsenal March 11, 2019
  • Beyond The Box Score: Melia in a punishment-saving class of his own March 10, 2019
  • SKCvPHI Quotes: "To get those 3 points today is huge" March 10, 2019
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  • OFFICIAL: Sporting acquires midfielder Gedion Zelalem from Arsenal March 11, 2019
  • Beyond The Box Score: Melia in a punishment-saving class of his own March 10, 2019
  • SKCvPHI Quotes: "To get those 3 points today is huge" March 10, 2019

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