Matt Besler Wins Defender of the Year

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Published on November 20, 2012 with No Comments

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Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler has won the MLS Defender of the Year award. He won a weighted total of 70.51, calculated by adding up his share of the players’, media and clubs votes.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance, each category carrying a third of the vote.

Besler appeared in 31 matches this season for Sporting Kansas City logging a total of 2,769 minutes.  The SKC back line allowed just 27 goals in 2012, the fewest among all MLS clubs this season. The Kansas City native also contributed two assists this season.

Besler took almost half of the media vote winning it comfortably. Among the players, he was second to San Jose Earthquakes’ Victor Bernardez and he finished third among the clubs, who had Bernardez and another SKC defender Aurelien Collin ahead of him.

In two other awards announced today, Silviu Petrescu was voted Referee of the Year and Ian Anderson assistant referee of the year.

Defender of the Year Vote

Player (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Matt Besler (SKC) 10.35 46.97 13.19 70.51
Victor Bernardez (SJ) 32.76 15.15 16.48 64.39
Aurelien Collin (SKC) 22.41 13.64 12.08 48.13
Jay DeMerit (VAN) 6.90 6.06 9.89 22.85
Carlos Valdes (PHI) 6.90 4.55 4.40 15.85

2012 Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year

The other two finalists for Referee of the Year were Baldomero Toledo and Armando Villarreal. Below is a breakdown of the voting:

 

Referee % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Silviu Petrescu 34.55 50 36.78 121.33
Baldomero Toledo 38.18 30 31.03 99.21
Armando Villarreal 27.27 20 32.18 79.45

 

The other two finalists for Assistant Referee of the Year were Gregory Barkey and Corey Parker. Below is a breakdown of the voting:

Asst. Referee % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Ian Anderson 41.51 28.21 46.59 116.31
Gregory Barkey 33.96 46.15 29.55 109.66
Corey Parker 24.53 25.64 23.86 74.03

PAST WINNERS

MLS Defender of the Year Winners:

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 Winners:

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 Winners:

2012: Ian Anderson

2011: Corey Rockwell

2010: Craig Lowry

2009: Greg Barkey

2008: Kermit Quisenberry

 





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