There has been no shortage of standout goalkeepers during the first half of the season in MLS, but the best of the litter to this point has been the Columbus Crew's Andy Gruenebaum.
Filling in for injured incumbent Will Hesmer, Gruenebaum has proven an integral part of Columbus having the stingiest defense in the league (only 15 goals surrendered in 15 games) and that has earned him SBI's Mid-season MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Chosen as the mid-season's top goalkeeper by a vote of SBI staff members, Gruenebaum has made 59 saves, second-highest in the league, while recording six cleansheets in a season that has already seen him play a career-high in matches. His performances this season have also helped the Crew mask their offensive deficencies while going 6-5-4 and staying in contention for a playoff spot.
Gruenebaum beat out Colorado Rapids netminder Matt Pickens, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and Vancouver Whitecaps veteran Joe Cannon for the award.
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