Goncalves named defender of the year

Revs defender Jose Goncalves has been voted the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year.

Goncalves, 28, joined the Revs in January from Swiss club FC Sion on loan. The Revs purchased him and permanently transferred him to New England last week.

He was named captain in early May and started all 34 games this season, playing every minute of every game.

“We’re very pleased that players, clubs and media around MLS recognized the fantastic season-long influence Jose Goncalves had this year,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “Jose has been a great addition to our club and this award recognizes the impact he’s had on the field for us. The fact that he was also selected as team captain shortly after his arrival is further testament to his personality and leadership.”

“I’m very honored to be recognized by Major League Soccer with this major award,” Goncalves said. “I have many people to thank including my family, teammates, the fans and the Club, because without them, this award wouldn’t be mine.”

The MLS defender of the year is voted on by players, media and executive staff.