And moving on…
2011 MLS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR:
Best defender in MLS during the 2011 regular season.
Corey Gibbs – Chicago Fire
Gonzalo Segares – Chicago Fire
Ante Jazic – Chivas USA
Heath Pearce – Chivas USA
Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew
Julius James – Columbus Crew
Drew Moor – Colorado Rapids
Marvell Wynne – Colorado Rapids
Ugo Ihemelu – FC Dallas
George John – FC Dallas
Andre Hainault – Houston Dynamo
Todd Dunivant – Los Angeles Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez – Los Angeles Galaxy
A. J. Soares – New England Revolution
Chris Tierney – New England Revolution
Rafa Marquez – New York Red Bulls
Tim Ream – New York Red Bulls
Carlos Valdes – Philadelphia Union
Sheanon Williams – Philadelphia Union
Eric Brunner – Portland Timbers
Mamadou Danso – Portland Timbers
Jason Hernandez – San Jose Earthquakes
Ramiro Corrales – San Jose Earthquakes
Nat Borcher – Real Salt Lake
Jamison Olave – Real Salt Lake
Jeff Parke – Seattle Sounders
James Riley – Seattle Sounders
Matt Besler – Sporting KC
Chance Myers – Sporting KC
Richard Eckersley – Toronto FC
Ty Harden – Toronto FC
Gershon Kofie – Vancouver Whitecaps
Alain Rochat – Vancouver Whitecaps
TSG skinny: Omar Gonzales–as well as Chad Marshall–will and should be in everyone’s debate. Chance Myers was dynamic for Sporting KC, but probably not enough.
Not the same year in Real Salt Lake. Nat and Jamison, strong, but not quite 2010.
The pairings from the two perhaps the two most disappointing MLS clubs–Colorado and New York–don’t belong near this list.
James Riley, perhaps a sleeper, an excellent year up in Seattle.