Defender of the Year: Team Defense Rankings
|Was thinking about the probable 2010 awards nominees, and this came to mind. Here's a list of MLS Defender of the Year nominees, and where their teams ranked in terms of goals allowed:|
I know 2004 was a very even year, but it's boggling how even an MLS legend like Eddie Pope could be nominated when his team was dead last on defense. Then there's Burciaga and Conrad for a non-playoff Wizards team in 2006. The former certainly made it due to his 8 goals, while the latter only played in 15 games (though he was the defending award winner). Tyrone Marshall in 2005 makes it four total players who were nominated with their team in the bottom half defensively.
There's certainly some reputation involved, which makes sense for a position not easily evaluated by looking at the stats. After all, Chad Marshall only played in 18 games last season. I know a lot of baseball writers take innings pitched into account when looking at their Cy Young votes, but apparently MLS voters aren't as worried about playing time.