Parkhurst named MLS Defender of the Year

Nov 5, 2007 - 9:02 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New England Revolution's Michael Parkhurst has claimed Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year award, the league announced on Monday.

Parkhurst, 23, has starred for the Revolution this season, helping the team to second place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. New England beat New York in the first round of the playoffs to advance to an Eastern Conference final meeting with Chicago on Thursday night.

Parkhurst started 25 games in the regular season, marshalling a defense that recorded 10 shutouts.

Also Monday, MLS named Kansas City Wizards striker Eddie Johnson the winner of the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year award.

Johnson won the award despite not actually being injured in 2006 - he suffered such poor form during the season that he merits the status of a comeback player this time around.

Johnson finished with 15 goals and six assists in 24 games for the Wizards in 2007, despite missing considerable time while on international duty.

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