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.