03/23/2011 10:10 AM
SAGU NAMED 2010-11 MISL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Blast Keeper Anchored League-Leading Defense and Led Team to Championship Appearance
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that Baltimore Blast goalkeeper Sagu has been voted the 2010-11 MISL Goalkeeper of the Year. The 38-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil led the league with 14 wins and will be in the net Friday when the Blast host the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL Championship Game.
Sagu, a member of three previous Blast championship teams, started the season with five straight wins and went on an eight-game win streak from January 21 to February 27. He held the Blast’s opponents to less than 10 points eight times this season and was named MISL Goalkeeper of the Month in November, December and February. Sagu also won Goalkeeper of the Year honors after the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, as well in 2000 and 2001 when he played in the WISL. This is sixth All-League selection.
Sagu, who is playing in his seventh season with the Blast, played more minutes than any other goalkeeper this season and was second in the league with a 9.64 points against average. He ranked fourth with a 74.7 save percentage. Prior to playing in Baltimore, Sagu spent two seasons with the MISL club in Dallas and three seasons in the WISL.
To determine winners of the postseason awards, members of the media, MISL coaches and team personnel were asked to cast votes for first-place (worth five points), second-place (three points), and third-place (one point) for MISL Goalkeeper of the Year.
A complete list of the Major Indoor Soccer League’s awards is available at www.MISL.net
About the Major Indoor Soccer League
The MISL represents the Major League of professional indoor soccer in the United States and features the finest indoor soccer players from around the world. The league has five member clubs for the 2010-11 season: the Baltimore Blast, Chicago Riot, Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets and Omaha Vipers. The 2010-11 regular season began on November 12 and ended on March 13; the postseason began March 16 with the Milwaukee Wave and Missouri Comets facing each other in the Semifinals. The Wave beat the Comets, two games to one, to advance to play the Baltimore Blast in the 2011 MISL Championship Game on Friday, March 25 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. For more information about the MISL, visit the League’s official website www.MISL.net
The 2011 MISL Postseason:
Semifinal No. 1: Wednesday, March 16 – Milwaukee Wave 5 at Missouri Comets 11
Semifinal No. 2: Sunday, March 20 – Missouri Comets 18 at Milwaukee Wave 20
Semifinal No. 3 (mini game): Sunday, March 20 – Missouri Comets 2 at Milwaukee Wave 5
Championship Game: Friday, March 25 – Milwaukee Wave at Baltimore Blast