New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Goncalves of the New England
Revolution was named MLS Defender of the Year on Tuesday, marking the second
time that a Revs player has won the award.
Goncalves, the first Revolution player to win Defender of the Year honors
since Michael Parkhurst accomplished the feat in 2007, edged Sporting Kansas
City's Matt Besler, who claimed the last season, and the Los Angeles Galaxy's
Omar Gonzalez, who was victorious in 2011.
"We're very pleased that players, clubs and media around MLS recognized the
fantastic season-long influence Jose Goncalves had this year," Revolution
General Manager Michael Burns said. "Jose has been a great addition to our
club and this award recognizes the impact he's had on the field for us. The
fact that he was also selected as team captain shortly after his arrival is
further testament to his personality and leadership."
Goncalves helped anchor a New England defense that was among the top defensive
units all season, and which finished the year tied for third-best in the
league with a 1.12 goals against average. One season after allowing 44 goals
(1.29 goals against average) in 2012, the Revs allowed just 38 goals and
posted a club-record 14 shutouts in 2013.
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