David Ousted is not the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
No, that was not a typo and no, your eyes did not deceive you all season long. What you read, sadly, is that despite another stellar season between the sticks for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Ousted has been denied the top honour for a second year running.
On Thursday morning Major League Soccer announced Luis Robles as the winner of the Goalkeeper of the Year award. Robles topped the voting ahead of Ousted, and Bill Hamid from DC United, who finished a distant third.
Both Ousted and Robles played every minute of league action this season (3060), but Ousted came out on top when it comes to stats. Ousted and Adam Kwarasey from the Portland Timbers led the way with 13 clean sheets, which is 4 more than Robles, who recorded 9 clean sheets in 2015. In addition, the Whitecaps conceded the fewest goals in MLS this season with 36 (tied with Seattle), compared to Robles and the New York Red Bulls, who conceded a total of 43 goals the feeble Eastern Conference.
Some more interesting stats when comparing the two players head-to-head:
Goals against average: Ousted 1.06, Robles 1.26
Shots: Ousted 137, Robles 131
Saves: Ousted 99, Robles 86
Save of the Week Award: Ousted 4x winner, Robles 3x winner
So, why, when a player finishes the season with better statistics, should he not win the darned thing? The answer lies in the voting that was split between club, players and media from around MLS to give all three finalists a weighted score.
I think that the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield said it best with his iconic quote "I don't get no respect." In my opinion Ousted was the best of the three finalists and deserved to win, especially when you compare him directly to Robles and Hamid.
At least Ousted has been named as a finalist for the award. Remember when Camilo Sanvezzo won the Golden Boot in 2013 and wasn't even named as a finalist for the Player of the Year? Yeah, so do I, and that snub still stings.
I, like many of you, congratulate Ousted for another outstanding season, but I'm bitterly disappointed that he didn't win.