While MLS awards a Defender of the Year, here at Sounder at Heart tradition extends the similar award to all players that prevent the opponent from scoring. That means previous winners are Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (09), Osvaldo Alonso (10-12), Leo Gonzalez (13) and Chad Marshall (14).
This year, using a minimum of starting 12 matches in a defensive role (key players eliminated are Fisher, Gonzalez and Rose) there are seven nominees. Voting should be based on overall contributions in MLS, MLS Cup Playoffs, US Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League play, though statistics will be for MLS regular season and playoffs only.
In alphabetical order they are;
Osvaldo Alonso (CDM) - 21 MLS starts, 1 sub appearance with 3.2 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 0.4 blocks per game
Brad Evans (CB, CM, RB, RM, LB) - 28 MLS starts, 1 sub appearance with 2 tackles, 2.6 interceptions, 0.5 blocks per game.
Stefan Frei (K) - 34 MLS starts with 10 shutouts, 111 saves and a 1.06 GAA in MLS regular season.
Chad Marshall (CB) - 31 MLS starts, 1 sub appearance (at forward) with 1.1 tackles, 3.8 interceptions, 1.0 blocks per game.
Tyrone Mears (RB) - 36 MLS starts with 2 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 0.3 blocks per game.
Dylan Remick (LB) - 18 MLS starts, 1 sub appearance with 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.3 blocks per game.
Zach Scott (CB, Man Marker) - 17 MLS starts, 6 sub appearances with 0.8 tackles, 2.8 interceptions, 0.4 blocks per game