NEW YORK (AP) — New England's Jose Goncalves has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year.
The 28-year-old Portuguese central defender played every minute of the Revolution's 34 league games and scored a pair of goals, both decisive. He was loaned to New England from Switzerland's Sion in January, and the Revolution last week exercised their right to purchase his contract. He is the Revolution's second winner of the award, joining U.S. international Michael Parkhurst, who won it while playing for the club in 2007.
Goncalves received the most team, media and player votes, the league said Tuesday. Kansas City's Matt Besler was second after winning the award last year. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 winner, was third.
Hilario Grajeda, who will referee the MLS Cup final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, was voted referee of the year, followed by Ismail Elfath and Baldomero Toledo.