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Jose Goncalves named MLS Defender of the Year

Posted by Julian Cardillo  November 26, 2013 11:27 AM

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Revolution center back Jose Goncalves was named MLS Defender of the Year on Friday.

Portuguese defender joined the Revolution on loan last season from Switzerland's FC Sion and bolstered the back line while also captaining the team. Last week, the Revolution exercised the purchase option on Goncalves' loan deal, making him a permanent addition to their roster.

Goncalves started all 34 games for the Revolution in 13 and helped give the team the third-best defensive record in MLS. Combining with Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney, AJ Soares, and Stephen McCarthy, plus goalkeepers Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth, Goncalves helped the Revolution accrue 14 shutouts during the regular season.

Goncalves beat out Kansas City's Matt Besler, New York's Jamison Olave, and Los Angeles' Omar Gonzalez for the honor. He garnered 36.7 percent of the vote from clubs, 46.7 percent of the media vote, and 18.8 percent of player votes.

He is only the second Revolution player to win the award. Michael Parkhurst won in 2007.

Revolution add Paolo DelPiccolo

The Revolution selected midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo from the waiver draft on Monday. DelPiccolo, 22, last played for the Montreal Impact. He spent the beginning of last season player in Germany for Eintracht Frankfurt's reserves. He is a close friend and former college teammate of Revolution defender Andrew Farrell. Both players attended Louisville.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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