MLS Awards 2011: Part II of Many: Defender of the Year

And moving on…


Best defender in MLS during the 2011 regular season.


Marshall was a big part of the Crew's surprising success...

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

Futty Danso for the Timbers...

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.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/10/21 at 6:31 PM

    I’ll go with Carlos Valdes of Union. George John was early pick, but he fell off post-scuttled-transfer. Gonzalez is protected by his system, I think.


  2. Agree with Valdes. Union defense has been crazy good this season.


  3. Posted by Crow on 2011/10/21 at 7:52 PM

    The one useful stat ESPN offered last night was the fact the Union set the MLS record for shots allowed (or I guess shots on goal) per game- 3.


  4. Posted by Mike Mc on 2011/10/22 at 2:18 AM

    Todd Dunivant has played every minute of every match except one for LA…and I think that was CCL. The guy is one of the best Left Backs in the league and I’d say he’s definitely the most consistent in terms of performance. You put him on any team in MLS and that’s one position the coach knows he doesn’t have to worry about for every game over the entire season. I’m not sure that can be said about any of the other names on this list.


  5. Posted by Yank11 on 2011/10/22 at 11:14 PM

    Omar Gonzalez hands down should be defender of the year.


  6. […] Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams have been nominated for The Shin Guardian’s Defender of the Year award. […]


  7. Ihemelu in Dallas and the Brunner/Danso pairing in Portland are my unsung picks. But for the award I’d chose Aurelien Collin.

    His tenacity and intelligence have made Besler look as good as he has and for a European import to come in and adjust so well to the physicality makes me wonder if MLS should not be scouring French football for more players.

    Andy Brassell always says that France is the perfect proving ground for the EPL – as Newcastle are showing this season. With the success of Collin, Le Toux, Hassli, and Zerka – though in limited action – and Courtois – too a lesser extent – perhaps that mentality plays out well here too.


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