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Keller takes save(s) of the year; Timber goal of year

Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller has won MLS save of the year for the four-save sequence against San Jose in his final regular-season home game.

Meanwhile, Portland's Darlington Nagbe won goal of the year, for his juggle-first-then-fire dazzler against Sporting Kansas City.

In these cases, I think the voters went two-for-two. Keller's sequence was dazzling, and its timing -- his farewell game before more than 60,000 fans -- made it the stuff of Hollywood. Meanwhile, while that turn-and-shoot-to-the-far-post shot by Vancouver's Eric Hassli against Seattle was amazing -- and while it might have been cool to have Keller involved in both the save and goal of the year -- I really think Nagbe's shot was the best I saw in MLS this season. And there was an exceptional number of exceptional goals in 2011.

A Fredy Montero goal against the Whitecaps finished third for goal of the year, by the way. And Portland's Troy Perkins recorded the runner-up save. Which all means that the top three goals and the top two saves of the MLS season all came from Northwest teams.