MLS Awards: Defender and Comeback Announced

MLS Awards: Defender and Comeback Announced

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 5, 2007

New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst was named the Visa Defender of the Year today by the MLS. Probably the least surprising news of the day really.

Parkhurst missed the first three games of the season recovering from a preseason shoulder injury, but came back to anchor a defense that recorded 10 shutouts and allowed 43 goals, sixth best in the MLS. Many felt he was the best defender in the league this season, so this award was very justifiable.

The more shocking news (in my opinion at least) was Eddie Johnson being named as the league’s Comeback Player of the Year winner.

Winning the award mostly based on his early season form where he scored 12 goals in the first couple months of the season and finished with 15 overall for the year. His numbers were much better than the 2006 campaign that was pathetic for the most part, having only two goals. He also set a league record for consecutive hat-tricks by tallying two in a row at the end of May and early part of June.

I wasn’t really expecting Johnson to come out on top in this award. In all honesty I forgot he was even nominated for it. But coming from a production standpoint I guess Johnson is a worthy winner.