Major League Soccer announced on Friday that Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave was voted the 2010 Visa Defender of the Year. Olave appeared in 27 games this season for Salt Lake, anchoring a defense that allowed just 20 goals in 2010, the fewest allowed by an MLS club in a single season all-time.
RSL did not concede more than two goals in any regular-season game, as they posted a 15-4-11 record.
Real Salt Lake take on FC Dallas tomorrow in the second game of the MLS playoffs.
This award was voted on by players, coaches and general managers, and media.
The league also announced that Kevin Stott was voted the adidas Referee of the Year and Craig Lowry was voted the adidas Assistant Referee of the Year.
MLS Defender of the Year Winners:
2010: Jamison Olave – Real Salt Lake
2009: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew
2008: Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew
2007: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2006: Bobby Boswell – D.C. United
2005: Jimmy Conrad – Kansas City Wizards
2004: Robin Fraser – Columbus Crew
2003: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire
2002: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire
2001: Jeff Agoos – San Jose Earthquakes
2000: Peter Vermes – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Robin Fraser – Los Angeles Galaxy
1998: Lubos Kubik – Chicago Fire
1997: Eddie Pope – D.C. United
1996: John Doyle – San Jose Earthquakes
Referee of the Year Winners:
2010: Kevin Stott
2009: Alex Prus
2007: Brian Hall
2006: Brian Hall
2005: Brian Hall
2004: Abiodun ‘Abbey’ Okulaja
2003: Brian Hall
2002: Kevin Terry
2001: Paul Tamberino
2000: Paul Tamberino
1999: Paul Tamberino
1998: Paul Tamberino
1997: Esse Baharmast
Assistant Referee of the Year Winners:
2010: Craig Lowry
2009: Greg Barkey
2008: Kermit Quisenberry
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