5. Tim Melia
A very strange way to earn a starting job, Tim Melia took over from Luis Marin following the Chilean’s massively disappointing performances in the team’s opening eight games. Peter Vermes would not regret that decision. Melia has played 147 games since and his 2015 campaign earned him the 2015 MLS Comeback Player of the Year award.
Melia has played an important role in SKC winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2015 and 2017, which earned him a spot in the 2017 MLS Best XI and the 2017 Goalkeeper of the Year award after allowing 0.78 goals per game.
The New Jersey native leads the all-time club record for shutouts with 47 (tied with Jimmy Nielsen), games played with 147, wins with 62, and is on the verge of overtaking Tony Meola for most saves. Melia has also been sensational against penalty kicks, where he has stopped 10 of the 27 penalties he has faced (not including penalty shootouts).