Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and Columbus Crew forward-midfielder Federico Higuain were announced as winners of the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, respectively, on Wednesday morning.
Nielsen, a 35-year-old native of Denmark, led the league with 15 shutouts and a 0.79 goals-against average per game as SKC earned the best record in the Eastern Conference. He was also named to the league’s Best XI.
Nielsen finished ahead of Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA, Michael Gspurning of the Seattle Sounders and Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake.
Higuain, from Argentina, was only with the Crew for three months, but he made a major impact. The 33-year-old designated player scored five goals to go with seven assists.
Higuain edged out center back Victor Bernardez of San Jose for the award. Gspurning, Y.P. Lee of Vancouver and Houston’s Boniek Garcia rounded out the top five in voting.
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