Portland Timbers goalkeeper David Bingham has been named MLS Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
He made his MLS debut in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew at Providence Park.
Bingham’s performance earned him MLS Player Of The Week honors for Week 6, which begins Saturday with a home game against the Toronto FC at BC Place.
The Portland Timbers host FC Dallas on Sunday.
The Timbers had their best defensive performance of the season last Saturday at Sporting Kansas City when they held the visitors scoreless.
Binggan recorded a save percentage of .943 (23-of-40) while the Timbers outshot the visitors 16-3 and outshot them 19-5 on Sunday night.
“I think we played a great game in front of our fans,” Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said.
“Our goal was to get on the board in the game, and we did that.”
Portland has lost four of its last five games, including three in a row in Portland.
The victory over Columbus was Bingham, the Timbers second consecutive shutout and the second-straight victory.
He also tied the club record for shutouts in a season, surpassing Joe Willis’ record of five set in 2000.
The MLS regular season ends on March 11.
Bingam made 11 saves in the Timbers 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday.
“When you’re playing against guys who are so experienced in the league, you just have to play your game,” Bingham said.
He will be eligible to play again for the Timbers in their MLS Cup Playoff opener on April 9 against Real Salt Lake.
“It was great to be able to be in a game with a bunch of good players.
We’ve got to keep winning games.
I think that’s what we’re looking for.”