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December 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Leo Gonzalez named Sounders FC’s Defender of the Year

gonzalez mug 2013The last of Sounders FC’s team awards was revealed Friday, and it came in an announcement that Leo Gonzalez has been named Defender of the Year after a player vote.

Here were the other awards: Osvaldo Alonso (MVP), Eddie Johnson (Golden Boot), Lamar Neagle (Humanitarian of the Year).

Gonzalez, 33, matched his career high in games/starts (27) and played 2,318 minutes, fourth best on the team. The Sounders went 14-9-4 with the Costa Rican in the lineup, averaging 1.04 goals allowed per game, and 1-3-3 when with him out, averaging two goals allowed per game.

Offensively, Gonzalez’ lone assist came May 4 in Philadelphia — the one matches a personal best in MLS — and he took a career-high seven shots.

Here are the previous winners of the award:

2012 — Jeff Parke
2011 — Jeff Parke
2010 — James Riley
2009 — Tyrone Marshall

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