Chris Konopka had a mixed bag of a season. Initially, having come into the squad due to an injury to Joe Bendik, Konopka played the majority of the campaign, even when Bendik was fit. What transpired for the remainder of the season, was a story of mixed performances and inconsistency.
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The change of heart in Greg Vanney, to start Konopka, might have been down to Konopka being the more vocal of the two keepers. Bendik had also been inconsistent in many of his performances, before his injury.
Having played 21 games in 2015, Konopka made 62 saves from 92 shots faced. That's a shot-to-save ratio of 67%. The numbers themselves do not look too bad, but Konopka's decision-making was not up-to-par at times. Even still, there were times when Konopka made some brilliant saves, that would keep TFC in the game.
The Seattle Sounders match on September 5th comes to mind, where Konopka made a great reaction save to deny Obafemi Martins. TFC went on to lose that game, but the save showed the type of potential that Konopka possesses.
Unfortunately for Konopka, he was waived along with Joe Bendik, at the end of the season by Toronto FC. Much of it had to do with inconsistency, but even more with the skill level of Konopka not being what a team that hopes to challenge for silverware is looking for. A much improved keeper will need to come in to keep the balance of the team. Perhaps Konopka was also the victim of bad defending for the entirety of last season. TFC posted the worst defence of any team last season, allowing for 58 goals in 34 matches.
Konopka's final game for Toronto FC came in that dreadful 3-0 playoff loss to the Montreal Impact. By that time, not exercising Konopka's contract would only be a formality. Fans and analysts alike were calling for both goalkeepers to be dropped, exactly what transpired a few weeks later.
As it currently stands, Konopka is still a free agent and there is no certainty as to where he will go next. Perhaps an MLS club will pick him up as a backup option, or he may ply his trade in the NASL. What is certain, however, is that he will not be returning to BMO Field in 2016. The man between the sticks for TFC definitely has potential, but he is just not an MLS level goal keeper at the moment.