New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves, 28, was voted to the 2013 MLS Best XI, the league announced on Wednesday. Goncalves is the team’s first Best XI selection since 2009 and the club’s 11th overall.
Goncalves, new to MLS this season, also won MLS Defender of the Year honors for his work leading the Revolution's defense and helping the beleaguered club return to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
The Revolution defense finished the year tied for third-best in the league with a 1.12 goals against average. One season after allowing 44 goals (1.29 goals against average) in 2012, the Revolution allowed just 38 goals and posted a club-record 14 shutouts in 2013.
Goncalves also added two crucial goals, both game-winners: at Columbus in stoppage time on July 20 in a 2-0 win and at Montreal in a 1-0 win on Oct. 12.
Goncalves joined the Revolution in January from Swiss club FC Sion on loan before the Revs purchased him and permanently transferred him to New England in late November. The central defender was named club captain in early May and started all 34 games this season, playing every minute of every game – one of only three field players in MLS to do so.
The MLS Best XI team is determined through league-wide voting of players, media and executive staff.