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Timbers goalkeeper named MLS Player of the Week

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Jake Gleeson after the Timbers win over Toronto FC on Sunday. (Source: KPTV) Jake Gleeson after the Timbers win over Toronto FC on Sunday. (Source: KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson was voted MLS Player of the Week.

Gleeson earned the honor for week nine of the 2016 season, the Timbers announced Tuesday.

Gleeson, 25, made his first two starts of the season during the week as the Timbers earned a 1-1 draw at New England last Wednesday and a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Providence Park on Sunday.

Gleeson made four saves in Sunday's win over Toronto FC, helping the Timbers extend their unbeaten streak to three matches.

Gleeson turned in a "save of the week" contender in the 77th minute, as Toronto FC's Michael Bradley fired a shot from outside the box that was denied with a diving stop.

In stoppage time, Gleeson denied a point-blank header that helped Portland secure its third home victory of the season.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters.

The Timbers next face Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on FOX 12.

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