More MLS postseason awards were announced Tuesday morning, and Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler has been named Defender of the Year.
This was a close race as Besler edged San Jose’s Victor Bernardez with a 70.51-64.39 margin in weighted voting total.
Besler, who led a defense that allowed a league-low 27 goals, dominated the media vote with 46.97 percent, earning just 10.35 of the club vote and 13.19 of the player vote. Bernardez took 15.15, 32.76 and 16.48 in those same respective categories.
Sporting KC teammate Aurelien Collin finished third in the award with 48.13 of the weighted vote. Vancouver’s Jay DeMerit was fourth (22.85) and Philadelphia’s Carlos Valdes took fifth (15.85).
Sounders FC’s Jeff Parke and Chicago’s Arne Friedrich were notables not in the top five.
A couple other awards were announced, too, as Silviu Petrescu was named Referee of the Year. He finished with 34.55 percent of the club vote, 50 percent of the media vote and 36.78 from the players for a total of 121.33.
Baldomero Toledo carried the club vote at 38.18 but finished second with a 99.21 weighted total. Armando Villarreal was third at 79.45.
Lastly, Ian Anderson was named the top assistant referee with 116.31 of the weighted total, over Gregory Barkey (109.66) and Corey Parker (74.03).
I’ll post lists of previous winners in these categories after the jump…
MLS Defender of the Year
2012: Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City
2011: Omar Gonzalez – LA 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
Referee of the Year
2012: Silviu Petrescu
2011: Mark Geiger
2010: Kevin Stott
2009: Alex Prus
2008: Jair Marrufo
2007: Brian Hall
2006: Brian Hall
2005: Brian Hall
2004: Abiodun ‘Abbey’ Okulaja
2003: Brian Hall
2002: Kevin Terry
2001: Paul Tamberino
2000: Paul Tamberino
1999: Paul Tamberino
1998: Paul Tamberino
1997: Esse Baharmast
Assistant Referee of the Year
2012: Ian Anderson
2011: Corey Rockwell
2010: Craig Lowry
2009: Greg Barkey
2008: Kermit Quisenberry