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Jamison Olave has been one of the most dominant defenders in MLS since joining Real Salt Lake in 2008, and this year has been no different.
Olave has enjoyed a strong start to the first half of the 2012 campaign, helping Real Salt Lake contend for the top spot in the Western Conference with his physical style, aerial dominance and ability on the ball. He has also helped RSL on the offensive end by assisting on one goal this season, and all those factors combined have given him SBI's Mid-season MLS Defender of the Year award, which was selected by a vote of SBI staff writers.
Olave edged out a group of defenders who also have enjoyed strong years for top teams in the league. Honorable mentions go to Jay DeMerit of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Sporting Kansas City's Aurelien Collin and San Jose Earthquakes fullback Steve Beitashour.
What do you think of Olave taking SBI's Mid-Season MLS Defender of the Year award? Think it is the right call, or was someone else more deserving?
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