Roman Bürki has been recognized as the 2023 MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year for his pivotal role in the unprecedented inaugural season success of St. Louis CITY SC.
Previously a Swiss national team player and a key figure at Borussia Dortmund, Bürki is the inaugural individual from an expansion team to secure this accolade since Zach Thornton’s achievement with Chicago Fire FC in 1998. This also marks the first time a St. Louis CITY SC player has received an MLS Year-End Award.
Noteworthy achievements for Bürki are as follows:
- 17 wins are the most by any goalkeeper during their first MLS season (post-shootout era).
- 42 goals conceded are the fewest of any goalkeeper to play at least 30 games for an expansion club in a 34-game season.
- One of three goalkeepers to record over 100 saves in MLS (123) this season.
- 123 saves on the year are the second-most among all goalkeepers in MLS.
- Save percentage (74.55%) is fourth-highest among active MLS goalkeepers to play in at least 20 games this season.
- First goalkeeper to produce at least 120 saves and eight clean sheets in a season since Vito Mannone in 2019.
The Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award for the best goalkeeper of the regular 2023 season was determined through votes from MLS club technical staff, media, and active MLS players. Here’s a detailed look at the voting outcomes, which show Roman Celentano of FC Cincinnati and Pedro Gallese of Orlando City SC in a tie for the runner-up position.
1. Roman Bürki (STL)
2. Roman Celentano (CIN)
3. Pedro Gallese (ORL)
Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year winners
- 2023: Roman Bürki – St. Louis CITY SC
- 2022: Andre Blake – Philadelphia Union
- 2021: Matt Turner – New England Revolution
- 2020: Andre Blake – Philadelphia Union
- 2019: Vito Mannone – Minnesota United FC
- 2018: Zack Steffen – Columbus Crew
- 2017: Tim Melia – Sporting Kansas City
- 2016: Andre Blake – Philadelphia Union
- 2015: Luis Robles – New York Red Bulls
- 2014: Bill Hamid – D.C. United
- 2013: Donovan Ricketts – Portland Timbers
- 2012: Jimmy Nielsen – Sporting Kansas City
- 2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
- 2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy
- 2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
- 2008: Jon Busch – Chicago Fire FC
- 2007: Brad Guzan – Chivas USA
- 2006: Troy Perkins – D.C. United
- 2005: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
- 2004: Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids
- 2003: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
- 2002: Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes
- 2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars
- 2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
- 1999: Kevin Hartman – LA Galaxy
- 1998: Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire
- 1997: Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew
- 1996: Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn