Aug. 7, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Major League Soccer All-Star team made history on Saturday by defeating world power Chelsea FC 1-0 in the MLS All-Star Game. Backstopping the effort was former Santa Clara University goalkeeper Joe Cannon, who made three big saves in the second half to preserve the shutout for his team.
After a second-half goal by Dwayne De Rosario put the MLS All-Stars up 1-0, Chelsea turned up the pressure down the stretch. However, Cannon came up with three saves on Michael Essien, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho in the final 10 minutes to give MLS the win. The save on Carvalho came in the game's waning moments as Cannon charged off his line to make a diving save on the Portuguese international player. The MLS All-Stars have now defeated Chivas de Guadalajara, Fulham FC and Chelsea in the MLS midseason classic.
Cannon `98, a two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (2002, 2004), continues to be one of MLS' top goalkeepers in 2006 despite injury problems that have forced him to miss four games this season. So far in 2006, he has posted three shutouts and a 1.23 goals against average, while helping Colorado to third place in the Western Conference.
Cannon played three seasons at Santa Clara and finished his career with a 0.94 goals against average and 15 shutouts, while helping the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament appearances. His 518-minute shutout streak in 1995, when he earned All-American honors, ranks second all-time in school history. He was also named WCC All-Academic on two occasions (1996, 1997).