Timbers' Gleeson wins Save of the Week

Backup comes up big to deny TFC breakaway chance

Jake Gleeson - Timbers v. Chivas USA, U.S. Open Cup, 3.29.11

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He didn’t get the win, but that didn’t mean Jake Gleeson’s efforts last weekend didn’t go unnoticed.

The Portland Timbers' backup goalkeeper earned nearly 40 percent of the vote for the MLS Save of the Week, narrowly enough to top Houston’s Tally Hall for the Week 2 honors.

Gleeson – who came on at the half during 2-0 Timbers road loss to Toronto FC after starter Adin Brown was subbed out with an injury – didn’t get much time to settle in. His award-winning save came in the 49th minute, when he dove to his right and steered aside a breakaway chance from TFC’s Maicon Santos.

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It was just good enough to top the effort of Hall, who earned just over 37 percent of the vote for a reaction save on a point-blank header from Seattle’s O’Brian White during a 1-1 draw at Qwest Field last Friday.

Final Results

1. Jake Gleeson, POR 39.9%

2. Tally Hall, HOU 37.23%

3. Will Hesmer, CLB 15.54%

4. Sean Johnson, CHI 3.89%

5. Michael Lahoud, CHV 3.43%

Previous Winners

Week 1 – Nick Rimando, RSL (watch here)