Revolution's Jose Goncalves voted MLS Defender of Year

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.

Played every minute of New England's 34 league games

Defender Jose Goncalves was loaned to New England from Switzerland's Sion in January, and the Revolution last week exercised their right to purchase his contract. (Orlin Wagner/The Associated Press)

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.

Goncalves received 102 per cent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes, the league said Tuesday. Kansas City's Matt Besler was second with 55 per cent after winning the award last year. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 winner, was third with 41 per cent.

Hilario Grajeda was voted referee of the year with 140 per cent, followed by Ismail Elfath (81 per cent) and Baldomero Toledo (79 per cent).

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