NEW YORK – The 12-game unbeaten streak put together by FC Dallas has not gone unnoticed by media members.
The North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) on Wednesday voted FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman the MLS Player of the Month for August after FCD recorded three wins and a scoreless tie in Columbus to keep their run alive. They now sit just six points from the top of the league standings with a game in hand.
Hartman, who captured his first Player of the Month award of a 14-year MLS career, was beaten only twice over the four league matches his team played in August. The two goals came off a deflected shot and an own goal as the 36-year-old made a total of 12 saves on the month to continue to add to his all-time league record.
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“This is a tremendous honor for Kevin and for FC Dallas,” FC Dallas Head Coach Schellas Hyndman said. “His direction out of the back is amazing and he has saved us time and time again. He has made some outstanding saves. He is playing some of the best soccer of his career right now.”
The four-time All-Star, who also holds the all-time marks for shutouts and wins, leads MLS this season with a league-low 0.65 goals-against-average. Since joining FC Dallas on March 8, 2010, Hartman has added nine wins, seven shutouts and 50 saves to his career totals. He also holds the all-time MLS goalkeeping records for saves (1285) and games played (350). He ranks third in all-time MLS goals against average (1.21) behind Pat Onstad (1.10) and Jon Busch (1.19).
His two shutouts in August included one in Columbus last Saturday, where he also received more than a little help from his fellow defenders to keep the clean sheet. The scoreless draw set an all-time record for consecutive undefeated road matches with 10.
Hartman beat out 12 other nominees for the honor, including teammates Brek Shea and David Ferreira. Seattle's Fredy Montero finished second, with Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales, Shea and Ferreira also getting nods form NASR voters.
2010 MLS Player of the Month Winners
April: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
May: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
June: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
July: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders)
August: Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
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