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New England's Goncalves is MLS Defender of Year

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves (23) and Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) tangle as they battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. Goncalves has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- New England's Jose Goncalves has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year.

The 28-year-old Portuguese central defender played every minute of the Revolution's 34 league games and scored a pair of goals, both decisive. He was loaned to New England from Switzerland's Sion in January, and the Revolution last week exercised their right to purchase his contract.

Goncalves received 102 percent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes, the league said Tuesday. Kansas City's Matt Besler was second with 55 percent after winning the award last year. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2011 winner, was third with 41 percent.

Hilario Grajeda was voted referee of the year with 140 percent, followed by Ismail Elfath (81 percent) and Baldomero Toledo (79 percent).

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