Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
MLS's Top Defenders: Bornstein, Cameron, Namoff
by Ridge Mahoney, November 18th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[BEST OF MLS] Most teams in MLS use a four-man back line as their base defensive formation, and that is how we list them in our annual positional rankings; left backs, central defenders, and right backs. The same designations are used, somewhat arbitrarily, to include players often deployed in a three-man back line, as in the case of D.C. United.

Players who missed league matches due to injuries, suspensions, or international callups are downgraded, as only performances in 2009 league matches are evaluated for this listing. For example, Chad Marshall of Columbus repeated as MLS Defender of the Year, but he played only 18 games, and teammate Frankie Hejduk played just 14 games).

Here are the rankings for 2009:

LEFT BACKS
1. Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
2. Todd Dunivant (Los Angeles)
3. Gino Padula (Columbus)
4. Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake)
5. Jim Brennan (Toronto FC)
6. Mark Burch (D.C. United)
7. Gonzalo Segares (Chicago)
8. Jay Heaps (New England)
9. Jair Benitez (FC Dallas)
10. Leo Gonzalez (Seattle)

CENTRAL DEFENDERS

1. Geoff Cameron (Houston)
2. Eduardo Hurtado (Seattle FC)
3. Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
4. Chad Marshall (Columbus)
5. Gregg Berhalter (Los Angeles)
6. Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles)
7. Wilman Conde (Chicago)
8. Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City)
9. Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United)
10. Carey Talley (Chivas USA)
11. Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
12. Bobby Boswell (Houston)
13. Emmanuel Osei (New England )
14. Tyrone Marshall (Seattle)
15. Jason Hernandez (San Jose)

RIGHT BACKS
1. Bryan Namoff (D.C. United)
2. Kevin Alston (New England)
3. Chris Leitch (San Jose)
4. A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles)
5. Frankie Hejduk (Columbus)
6. Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
7. James Riley (Seattle)
8. Tim Ward (Chicago)
9. Mariano Trujillo (Chivas USA)
10. Jeremy Hall (New York)

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Week 2: Results & Standings    
Cuban Heviel Cordoves scored twice and rookie Ricky Garbanzo added a third goal as the Charleston ...
USA romps in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-2     
The U.S. team preparing for Olympic qualifying defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina's under-21 team, 5-2, in a friendly played ...
MLS Week 4: FC Dallas puts its perfect record on line    
FC Dallas, the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in MLS, hosts the 2014 Supporters' Shield ...
Berti's back: 'Der Terrier' moves to U.S. sidelines    
Berti Vogts, who is responsible for Jurgen Klinsmann getting his job as German national team coach ...
USL Week 2: Finley joins Independence movement    
All 24 USL teams are in action this week as 10 of the 13 new teams ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"It's impossible for me to say, but I really had expected Mix to go. I think ...
Road to Russia: Barbados ends USVI dream    
Barbados made amends for a shock 1-0 loss at home during which it had two penalty ...
MLS Trade Central: Timbers sign Ghanaian winger    
The Portland Timbers have acquired winger Ishmael Yartey on loan from French Ligue 2 club Sochaux. ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"It was the first time in my life that I had not made a team, that ...
MLS clubs depleted because of callups    
MLS is the only top-level league with a heavy presence of national team players that didn't ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives