MLS “Awards” – Defender of the Year


There are no real stats to judge primarily defensive players. No goals, no assists, no saves to emplify how important these stoic rocks are to a team’s wins and loses.  These –mostly– silent men are the bedrocks of their teams foundations.

How the Panel Voted:


Chris Ballard
Around The League Extra

Osvaldo Alonso

Abram Chamberlain
Viva La Futbol
Omar Gonzalez

Jason Davis
Best Soccer Show
Sheanon Williams

Daniel Feuerstein
Major League Soccer Talk
Omar Gonzalez

Robert Jonas
Center Line Soccer
Omar Gonzalez

Alexi Lalas
ESPN Soccer Analyst
Omar Gonzalez

Jeremiah Oshan
SB Nation Editor
Omar Gonzalez

Zac Wassink
Yahoo Sports Contributor

What the Panel Said:

Chris Ballard: Omar Gonzalez – how this guy has yet to get a call-up from Klinsmann is beyond me. A rock.

Abram Chamberlain:Okay, okay, so I cheated a bit.  Oslvaldo Alonso is not truly a defender, but he is the best “defensive” player in MLS.  Alonso is an MVP candidate; however, playing in a primarily holding role he will not get the votes to win it.  He should be recognized and here is the best place to do it.

Jason Davis: Omar Gonzalez was an absolute rock for LA throughout the year, and held down the back line with the goalkeeper shuffle.

Robert Jonas: The defensive captain of the best team in MLS, [Omar] Gonzalez is criminally neglected in getting a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team; however, coach Jurgen Klinsmann can’t possibly ignore the big man after witnessing the season he put together in 2011.

Zac Wassink: If only [Omar Gonzalez] were from the US. Wait, what’s that you say?

Coming Up….

Hottest Coaching Seat | Coach of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Allocated Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Goalkeeper of the Year| Rookie of the Year | Biggest Sophomore Slump | Breakout Player | Designated Player of the Year| Least Valuable Player | Most Valuable Player | Team to Watch Next Year | Team Most Likely to Win MLS Cup


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