Real Salt Lake's amazing defensive record this season figured to earn the club some post-season accolades and the first of those came on Friday, with Jamison Olave being named MLS Defender of the Year.
Olave anchored an RSL defense that allowed an MLS record-low 20 goals this season and posted 14 shutouts. He partnered with Nat Borchers to form the strongest centerback tandem in the league. Olave's combination of size and speed intimidated and shut down opponents on a regular basis.
Olave beat out Borchers and Los Angeles centerback Omar Gonzalez for the honor. In doing so, he becomes the first foreign defender to win the honor since Lubos Kubik won in 1998 as a member of the Chicago Fire.
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