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Goncalves Def_of_the_Year

On November 20, 2013, Major League Soccer announced the 2013 MLS Award Finalists. New England Revolution Captain and Central Defender Jose Goncavles was the only player eligible for two awards: MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Newcomer of the Year.  

Already most pundit's mid-season pick MLS Defender of the Year making his mark on the first half of the season leading most statistical categories, it is no surprise that Major League Soccer has selected Jose Goncalves as the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year.

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Goncalves won the award for his stellar play throughout the 2013 season led the Revolution to its first playoff birth since 2009.  The Revolution had a remarkable turnaround rising all the way to 3rd place in the Eastern Conference after placing 9th place last season.  In addition,the 2013 Revolution Defender of the Year/Midnight Riders Man of the Year led the club to a franchise record 14 shutouts, which was best amongst central defenders in MLS and one shy of the league lead.  It is no question that Goncalves made a huge impact for the Revolution in 2013 playing every minute of every regular season and playoff game -- the only field player in the League to do so. MLSsoccer.com selected Jose to the Team of the Week on seven occassions (Week 7,  Week 12,  Week 14,  Week 19,  Week 31, Week 33 and Week 35). On July 24, 2013, he was chosen to EA Sports Ultimate Global Team of the Week.  

The following Soccer Media and Experts correctly named Goncalves as the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year.  

Stone Sports Management would like to give a special congratulations to Jose Goncalves for this great accommplishment.  Jose thoroughly deserves this award after transitioning flawlessly to Major League Soccer where many imports have trouble to adapt. The next weeks will be very important to determine if Jose will return to the New England Revolution and Major League Soccer with the same impact in 2014 that he had on the 2013 Season.   

Make sure to follow Jose Goncalves on Twitter @oneswitz and check out his 2013 Highlights below:

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