Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler was a consistent force for the Sporting Kansas City defense, helping the unit emerge as the stingiest defense in the league. His steady and continuously improving play turned heads in 2012, earning him a look from the U.S. Men’s National Team and now the first major award of his career.
Besler was named MLS Defender of the Year on Tuesday, edging out San Jose’s Victor Bernardez for the honor. Sporting KC teammate Aurelien Collin, Vancouver centerback Jay DeMerit and Philadelphia centerback Carlos Valdes rounded out the top four in the voting.
Besler’s third season in MLS was his best as he anchored the back-line with a combination of smooth defending and sharp passing. He was also named SBI MLS Defender of the Year.
What did you think of the pick? Who would have earned your vote for MLS Defender of the Year? Who were you surprised to not see make the list of five finalists?
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