If Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen wants to take home his 6th NAPA Save of the Week award this week, he's going to have beat out some tough competition. Not the least of which is the man he replaced, Kevin Hartman.
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to vote for The White Puma now. The save he's nominated for is the diving stop to parry away a Sebastien Le Toux header off a set piece. There are a few fine saves up for the award, including a stone-cold diving stop by FC Dallas' Hartman, an acrobatic challenge by Salt Lake's Nick Rimando and a point-blank save by New York's Greg Sutton*. As of 9:45 a.m., Nielsen was out in front.
*I would discount Sutton's save because the shooter was Robbie Findley and Rimando's because, while he does in fact stop the shot, it still gets past him and has to be cleaned up by a defender.
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