A return to the playoffs this season also netted New England its second Defender of the Year winner.
Centerback Jose Goncalves
, 28, won the award in his first MLS season after arriving on loan in January. He played every minute of every game as the Revs posted the third-lowest goals-allowed total
in the league (38) and a team record 14 shutouts.
Voting among coaches, team executives, players and media gave him a weighted score of 102.32, nearly twice as high as any of the other
“I’m very honored to be recognized by Major League Soccer with this major award,” Goncalves said in a release announcing the award. “I have many people
to thank including my family, teammates, the fans and the club, because without them, this award wouldn’t be mine.”
The Revs signed him on loan from Swiss club FC Sion
and his outstanding debut season in MLS prompted the team to last week purchase his rights in a transfer. The Portuguese native was named team captain in May and in addition to his iron-man status he
scored two goals, both gamewinners.
New England returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. It finished third in the Eastern Conference and lost narrowly to Sporting Kansas
City, 4-3 on aggregate, in the semifinals.
“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.”
In winning the 2013
award Goncalves beat out the last three winners. Matt Besler
(2012) finished second, Omar Gonzalez
(2011) was third, and
(2010) came in fourth.
Revs defender Michael Parkhurst won the award in 2007. MLS
Defenders of the Year: Season Player, Team 1996
John Doyle, San Jose Clash 1997
Eddie Pope, D.C. United 1998
Lubos Kubik, Chicago Fire 1999
Fraser, Los Angeles Galaxy 2000
Peter Vermes, Kansas City Wizards 2001
Jeff Agoos, San Jose Earthquakes 2002
Carlos Bocanegra, Chicago Fire 2003
Carlos Bocanegra, Chicago Fire 2004
Robin Fraser, Columbus Crew 2005
Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City Wizards 2006
D.C. United 2007
Michael Parkhurst, New England Revolution 2008
Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew 2009
Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew 2010
Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake 2011
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy 2012
Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City 2013
Jose Goncalves, New England