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Goncalves voted defender of the year

Jose Goncalves played every minute of the New England Revolution's 34 league games.
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NEW YORK (AP)

New England's Jose Goncalves has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year.

The 28-year-old Portuguese central defender played every minute of the Revolution's 34 league games and scored a pair of goals, both decisive. He was loaned to New England from Switzerland's Sion in January, and the Revolution last week exercised their right to purchase his contract.

Goncalves received 102 per cent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes, the league said Tuesday. Kansas City's Matt Besler was second with 55 per cent after winning the award last year. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 winner, was third with 41 per cent.

Hilario Grajeda was voted referee of the year with 140 per cent, followed by Ismail Elfath (81 per cent) and Baldomero Toledo (79 per ent).

On Monday, Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers was voted Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old from Notre Dame started 29 games and had five goals and six assists this season.

Powers received 93 per cent of team, media and player votes. Rapids forward Deshorn Brown was second at 75 per cent and Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin was third at 43.

The Los Angeles Galaxy won the team Fair Play Award and Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe won the individual Fair Play Award.

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