TAMPA, Fla. – We’re down to the final four contenders for the 2018 USL Fans’ Choice Save of the Year, with the Richmond Kickers’ Trevor Spangenberg earning victory in “The Rebound” to join the three Second Round-winners for a chance at the title that will be decided by a fan vote on USLChampionship.com.
Spangenberg claimed 39 percent of the vote over the past two days to earn a rematch with San Antonio FC’s Diego Restrepo for a place in the Final, with Restrepo having edged their Second Round meeting by a 54-46 percent margin.
The Charleston Battery’s Joe Kuzminsky and North Carolina FC’s Alex Tambakis will square off in the other semifinal, bringing a Southern Derby flavor to the matchup between the two Carolina rivals.
2018 Fans’ Choice Save of the Year Voting Schedule
First Round: 11/27-12/4
Second Round: 12/4-12/11
The Rebound: 12/11-12/13
USL Fans’ Choice Save of the Year Semifinals
Matchup 1: Joe Kuzminsky vs Alex Tambakis
Joe Kuzminsky (CHS) - #TBRvCHS, 8/8/18: Kuzminsky made a dazzling right-hand reaction stop to deny Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Junior Flemmings from opening the scoring on a clear-cut chance at Al Lang Stadium.
Alex Tambakis (NC) - #NCvTOR, 7/21/18: Tambakis’ footwork was on point as he moved across his goal well to produce a diving save on a long-range shot by Toronto FC II’s Tim Kubel that was heading for his top-left corner.
Matchup 2: Diego Restrepo vs Trevor Spangenberg
Diego Restrepo (SA) - #SAvLA, 8/4/18: Restrepo dove back towards his own goal and parried an ambitious dipping effort from the LA Galaxy II’s Frank Lopez onto his own crossbar before reclaiming possession and ending the threat.
Trevor Spangenberg (RIC) - #LOUvRIC, 4/14/18: Spangenberg made three saves in the space of 15 seconds, including a point-blank rebound denial of Louisville’s Cameron Lancaster, for one of the most impressive short stretches of stops in the regular season.