For the second year in a row, Bill Hamid is a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year; we will have to wait until November 19 to see if he can join Joe Cannon, Pat Onstad, Donovan Ricketts, and his goalkeeping coach Zach Thornton as the only players who have won the award twice.
His competition for the award are David Ousted of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls. Ousted is probably the odds-on favorite, mostly because Hamid missed so many games due to injury this year. Hamid has the best save percentage of the three finalists at 75%, to Ousted's 72% and Robles' 66%; his goals against average are in the middle of the three at 1.16, to Ousted's 1.06 and Robles' 1.26.
My wish is for Bill Hamid to win, because I think day in and day out he is the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer; I think that the award will go to David Ousted, since he has been very good for the few years and Hamid has already won the award. A win by Robles would be incomprehensible, as both Hamid and Ousted are obviously better.
Congratulations to Bill, and hopefully we'll have more congratulations in a few weeks!