Revs defender Jose Goncalves was voted the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year today, the team announced.
Goncalves helped anchor the Revs’ defense that was among the top defensive corps 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 Revolution allowed just 38 goals and posted a club-record 14 shutouts in 2013. With their improved defense, the Revs returned to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
Goncalves joined the Revolution in January from Swiss club FC Sion on loan before the Revs purchased him and permanently transferred him to New England last week. He was named club captain in early May and started all 34 games this season, and was one of only three field players to play every minute of every game.
“We’re very pleased that players, clubs and media around MLS recognized the fantastic season-long influence Jose Goncalves had this year,” Revs GM Michael Burns said in a statement. “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.”
“I’m very honored to be recognized by Major League Soccer with this major award,” Goncalves said. “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 MLS defender of the year is determined through league-wide voting of players, media and executive staff.