For the fourth time in 2015, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was named to the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. The 29-year-old goalkeeper tallied four saves in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo, his ninth start of 2015 allowing one goal or fewer.
Sporting Kansas City improved their home unbeaten streak to 14 games on Saturday with the draw against Houston. Melia played a pivotal role in the result, deflecting a Brad Davis long-range strike in the 32nd minute and stopping a Will Bruin breakaway early in the first half.
Melia is in the midst of his best season as a professional with six shutouts through 12 games. He is three behind League-leader David Ousted in total shutouts but leads all goalkeepers with 0.5 shutouts per game. Melia is also 3-0-0 in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches this year and has led Sporting KC to its second semifinal appearance in the tournament in the past four years.
Melia's nine goals allowed are fewest among MLS goalkeepers with at least 10 appearances and his 0.75 goals against average is tied with D.C. United's Bill Hamid for tops in MLS.
The New York native leads his team into a busy August with seven total games including last Saturday's draw against Houston and the August 12 Open Cup semifinal match against Real Salt Lake. Sporting Kansas City carries its perfect record against Canadian teams (2-0-0) into Toronto this wekeend before returning home to host Salt Lake in the Open Cup (Buy Tickets).