MLS Defender of the Year Award

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Major League Soccer — the highest professional soccer league in the United States and Canada — has handed out a Defender of the Year award since the league's inception in 1996.[1] The award is decided based on votes from MLS players, MLS coaches and executives and media members.[2]


Season Winner Team Second Third Fourth Fifth
1996 United States John Doyle San Jose Clash
1997 United States Eddie Pope D.C. United
1998 Czech Republic Luboš Kubík Chicago Fire
1999 United States Robin Fraser Los Angeles Galaxy
2000 United States Peter Vermes Kansas City Wizards
2001 United States Jeff Agoos San Jose Earthquakes
2002 United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
2003 United States Carlos Bocanegra (2) Chicago Fire
2004 United States Robin Fraser (2) Columbus Crew
2005 United States Jimmy Conrad Kansas City Wizards
2006 United States Bobby Boswell D.C. United
2007 United States Michael Parkhurst New England Revolution
2008 United States Chad Marshall Columbus Crew
2009 United States Chad Marshall (2) Columbus Crew
2010 Colombia Jámison Olave Real Salt Lake
2011 United States Omar Gonzalez Los Angeles Galaxy Jámison Olave Nat Borchers Carlos Valdés
2012 United States Matt Besler Sporting Kansas City Víctor Bernárdez Aurélien Collin Jay DeMerit
2013 Portugal José Gonçalves New England Revolution Matt Besler Omar Gonzalez Jámison Olave
2014 United States Chad Marshall (3) Seattle Sounders FC Bobby Boswell Omar Gonzalez Michael Parkhurst
2015 Belgium Laurent Ciman[1] Montreal Impact Kendall Waston Matt Hedges Matt Miazga
2016 United States Matt Hedges[3] FC Dallas Jelle Van Damme Axel Sjöberg Walker Zimmerman Steve Birnbaum