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Courtesy: Sporting Kansas City/Mike Gunnoe
Ex-USL GK Melia Nominated for MLS Comeback Player
Release: 11/03/2015
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Former Charleston Battery and Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Tim Melia has been nominated for the MLS Comeback Player of the Year award after a standout season for Sporting Kansas City.

The 2015 MLS Award Finalists were announced on Tuesday by the league.

Melia made 15 appearances for the Battery in 2010, and helped the side claim the USL Second Division championship with five saves in a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers. Previously, he had started his professional career with the Rhinos, where he made 14 appearances over two seasons, including a strong 2009 season that saw him post a 0.979 goals-against average and six shutouts in 13 games.

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Melia began the 2015 season as a back-up to Luis Marin, but when the Chilean native returned home in May, Melia moved into the starting role. He went on to record eight shutouts in 23 appearances, and a 1.22 goals-against average to help Sporting reach the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Melia also made a pair of penalty saves in a shootout as Sporting KC claimed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the third time in its history with victory against the Philadelphia Union in September.

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