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ESPN made a big mistake while recognizing Sporting KC's Tim Melia's save

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia has been a revelation during his time in Kansas City.
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia has been a revelation during his time in Kansas City. The Associated Press

If there is one player who could laugh about this, it's probably Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia. He knows all about being overlooked.

For the first five seasons of his career, he appeared in just six games and then was in Major League Soccer's goalkeeper pool before finding a home with Sporting KC. The Star's Sam McDowell recounted Melia's journey a few years ago.

Melia won the MLS goalkeeper of the year award last year after he had the best goals-against average (0.78) in league history for a player making 30 starts. This season, Melia has saved 74.5 of the shots he's faced and has an MLS-best five shutouts.

That included a shutout Wednesday when Melia and Sporting KC won 2-0 at Atlanta.

Late in the game, one of Melia's brilliant stops of an Atlanta free kick earned him a spot in the top 10 plays on ESPN's "SportsCenter."

One problem: They got Melia's name wrong. It was Kevin Kratz of Atlanta who took the free kick, but he was credited with making the save on "SportsCenter."

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