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Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez named league's top defender

November 9, 2011 | 12:08 pm

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The Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez was named Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year on Wednesday, his second major postseason award in three seasons.

In 2009 he was the league's Rookie of the Year. At 23, Gonzalez becomes the youngest player to win the league's top defensive honor. Teammate Todd Dunivant finished fifth in the voting.

Gonzalez anchored a backline that allowed a league-low 28 goals in 34 games this season while posting a record-tying 17 shutouts.

The Galaxy, which finished with the league's best regular-season record before running the table in the playoffs, meets the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final Nov. 20 at the Home Depot Center.

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Photo: Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, in white, battles Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola for the ball during the second half of the teams' MLS western conference playoff soccer game in Carson, Calif., on Nov. 6. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters

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