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November 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

LA’s Gonzalez top defender, NE’s Boggs top humanitarian

A couple more postseason awards were announced by MLS today.

It what was no surprise, Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was named MLS Defender of the Year. The 23-year-old is the youngest to win the award and led a defense that allowed a league-low 28 goals this season.

Gonzalez got my vote and plenty of others, finishing first in the club vote (33.33 percent), the media vote (39.79) and the player vote (21.34). Behind him, in order, were Real Salt Lake’s Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers, Philadelphia’s Carlos Valdes and L.A. teammate Todd Dunivant.

The Galaxy’s goals-against average of 0.82 was third best in MLS history, behind the 2010 Real Salt Lake (0.67) and 2007 Houston Dynamo (0.77). L.A.’s 17 shutouts tied the league record.

Elsewhere, New England’s Zak Boggs was named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year (you can read about his community work here and here).

The voting was close. Here’s the top five, with a weighted total of votes in parentheses: Boggs (35.80), Houston’s Brad Davis (33.36), San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski (33.11), Sporting KC’s Kei Kamara (29.73) and Sounders FC’s James Riley (27.64).

Lastly, the MLS Referee of the Year and Assistant Referee of the Year awards — which I know you were waiting anxiously for — will be announced Thursday, not today.

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MLS Defender of the Year Winners:

2011: Omar Gonzalez – Los Angeles Galaxy

2010: Jamison Olave – Real Salt Lake

2009: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew

2008: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew

2007: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2006: Bobby Boswell – D.C. United

2005: Jimmy Conrad – Kansas City Wizards

2004: Robin Fraser – Columbus Crew

2003: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire

2002: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire

2001: Jeff Agoos – San Jose Earthquakes

2000: Peter Vermes – Kansas City Wizards

1999: Robin Fraser – Los Angeles Galaxy

1998: Lubos Kubik – Chicago Fire

1997: Eddie Pope – D.C. United

1996: John Doyle – San Jose Earthquakes

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year winners:

2011: Zak Boggs – New England Revolution

2010: Seth Stammler – New York Red Bulls

2009: Jimmy Conrad – Kansas City Wizards; Logan Pause – Chicago Fire

2008: Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. – Colorado Rapids

2007: Diego Gutierrez – Chicago Fire

2006: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2005: Brian Kamler – Real Salt Lake

2004: Chris Henderson – Colorado Rapids

2003: Ben Olsen – D.C. United

2002: Steve Jolley – MetroStars

2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars

2000: Abdul T. Conteh – San Jose Earthquakes

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