Gruenebaum's stop wins Save of the Week

Crew netminder preserves shutout, leads Crew to top in East

Andy Gruenebaum

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Quick reactions from Columbus backup goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum
preserved the Crew’s 2-0 road win over Real Salt Lake and took home top
honors for MLS Save of the Week for Week 20.

Gruenebaum, who has started in net the past two games for the injured
William Hesmer, propelled the Crew to one of their biggest wins of the
season and the top of the Eastern Conference table.

In the 47th minute, RSL’s Fabian Espíndola did well in open
space to slip by two Columbus defenders before ripping a low left-footed
shot to the back post. Gruenebaum dove quickly down to his left and
managed to keep the ball out of the back of the net with his left hand.

The Columbus netminder becomes the first Crew goalkeeper this season to
win the award, and did so in impressive fashion by tallying 47 percent
of the vote. Vancouver’s Joe Cannon finished second, after his
acrobatics pushed a Juninho volley over the crossbar.

For a complete list of Save of the Week winners, click here.

WATCH: Gruenebaum stones Espíndola

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Final Results:

1. Andy Gruenebaum (CLB), 47%

2. Joe Cannon (VAN), 35%

3. Matt Reis (NE), 11%

4. Matt Pickens (COL), 6%

5. Jon Busch (SJ), 1%