After Michael Gspurning recorded his third straight shutout Wednesday, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid made a pitch for him as MLS goalkeeper of the year.
After Jimmy Nielsen recorded his 15th shutout of the season tonight, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes countered that he thinks his guy has to be "a slam dunk" for the award.
The ultimate winner could come down to whether voters value total numbers or per-game averages. Nielsen has played 33 games, while Gspurning had played only 19 due to a right hip strain that kept him out from early May to late July. That disparity contributes to Nielsen leading Gspurning in wins (18-11), saves (75-54) and shutouts (15-8), while Gspurning leads in win percentage, save percentage and shutout percentage.