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Tambakis Takes Fans’ Choice Save of the Year Honor

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 12/21/18, 4:00PM EST

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Outstanding stop against TFC II won final ballot after highlight-reel season for Greek shot-stopper

North Carolina FC’s Alex Tambakis capped his standout first season with the club on Friday by earning the 2018 USL Fans’ Choice Save of the Year, as his spectacular diving save against Toronto FC II narrowly edged out the Richmond Kickers’ Trevor Spangenberg in the final.

Tambakis’ save earned 54 percent of the vote conducted on USLChampionship.com over the past week, putting an exclamation point on a season that saw him record 95 saves and keep seven clean sheets, while winning Save of the Month on four separate occasions (April, June, July and October).

2018 Fans’ Choice Save of the Year Voting

First Round Results
Joe Kuzminsky (70%) def. Maxime Crépeau (30%)
Zac Lubin (53%) def. Carl Woszczynski (47%)
Alex Tambakis 1 (62%) def. Alex Tambakis 2 (38%)
Alex Tambakis 4 (69%) def. Alex Tambakis 3 (31%)
Diego Restrepo (58%) def. Matt Cardone (42%)
Trevor Spangenberg (57%) def. Evan Newton (43%)

Second Round Results
Joe Kuzminsky (64%) def. Zac Lubin (36%)
Alex Tambakis 4 (60%) def. Alex Tambakis 1 (40%)
Diego Restrepo (54%) def. Trevor Spangenberg (46%)

The Rebound Results
Trevor Spangenberg (39%)
Evan Newton (28%)
Matt Cardone (18%)
Zac Lubin (5%)
Carl Woszczynski (4%)
Maxime Crépeau (4%)
Alex Tambakis 1 (2%)
Alex Tambakis 2 (0%)
Alex Tambakis 3 (0%)

Semifinal Results
Alex Tambakis 4 (60%) def. Joe Kuzminsky (40%)
Trevor Spangenberg (67%) def. Diego Restrepo (33%)

Final Result
Alex Tambakis 4 (54%) def. Trevor Spangenberg (46%)

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