Orange County SC’s Patrick Rakovsky recorded the 200th shutout in the Championship’s 2021 regular season on Saturday night as the league’s goalkeepers continued to shine as the pressure of the race for the postseason continued to rise. We’ve picked out five of the best stops for this week’s Championship Fans’ Choice Save of the Week award, now you get to choose which of them will take the honor.
Voting runs through Friday, October 22 at 12 p.m. ET.
Jeff Caldwell (HFD) - #LDNvHFD, 10/13/21: One of the Championship’s saves leaders, Jeff Caldwell came up big again with a close-range stop of Loudoun United FC’s Jacob Greene in the Athletic’s 3-2 victory at Segra Field.
John Pulskamp (SKC) - #SKCvATL, 10/10/21: The 20-year-old SKC II shot-stopper made an outstanding diving save to keep out a long-range free kick by Atlanta United 2’s Bradley Kamdem Fewo and then recovered to keep out Darwin Matheus on the rebound.
AJ Marcucci (NY) - #TBRvNY, 10/12/21: Nominated for a second consecutive week, AJ Marcucci continued his outstanding run of individual form with a sharp save to deny the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Sebastian Guenzatti, deflecting his shot down as it caromed over the crossbar at Al Lang Stadium.
Jordan Farr (IND) - #INDvLOU, 10/13/21: Jordan Farr earned Team of the Week honors for his five-save shutout against LIPAFC rival Louisville City FC for Indy with the highlight being a one-handed reflex save to keep out a close-range header by LouCity’s Jorge Gonzalez in the second half.
Paul Blanchette (OAK) - #OAKvOC, 10/13/21: Paul Blanchette made a good kick save as he dove to the left to keep out a penalty kick by Orange County SC’s Dillon Powers that was sent straight down the middle of the net for his first penalty save of the season.