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Vote: LAFC 2019 Defender of the Year

Who was the best at the back for LAFC this season?

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Los Angeles FC Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time again, we’re reviewing who performed best for Los Angeles Football Club last season and you get to pick the winners in each of the categories we’ll roll out.

Today we’ll look at the defenders, a group that as a whole improved a lot from last season.

LAFC’s tendency to blow leads and give up late goals was largely sorted out this season, with the team conceding the fewest goals in the league.

So who are the candidates for LAFC Defender of the Year this season?

Steven Beitashour

The veteran was again a solid presence this year at right back, combining stout defending with a good attacking presence on the right flank. Dealt with a few injuries throughout the year. Beitashour was mostly first choice at right back, though Tristan Blackmon did rotate into that spot more towards the end of the season.

Tristan Blackmon

The young defender really came into his own this season, getting an extended run in the team through various injuries/suspensions, and then showing he belonged by performing well when called upon. Blackmon showed himself capable of playing both right back and center back.

Mohamed El- Munir

El-Munir came over in the offseason in a trade with Orlando City SC, and he proved a capable rotation player at left back. In particular he excelled at bringing a direct attacking presence from left back. Unfortunately El-Munir missed a chunk of the season after breaking a bone in his face from an elbow from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first game against the Galaxy.

Jordan Harvey

Jordan Harvey had another strong season for LAFC. The veteran largely controlled the left back position, combining solid and experienced defending with good crosses and overlapping runs on the attacking end.

Dejan Jakovic

The veteran defender was mostly relegated to the bench behind Walker Zimmerman, Eddie Segura, and Blackmon, and mostly featured in cup games or when there were a rash of injuries at the back.

Diego Palacios

Palacios is one for the future. The 20-year-old was signed for big money in the summer, and only played in two games for LAFC in 2019.

Eddie Segura

Segura helped solidify the backline alongside Zimmerman this season. He performed very well as a center back, and barring injury the Segura-Zimmerman pairing should lead LAFC’s backline for years to come.

Danilo Silva

Like Jakovic, Danilo Silva was mostly relegated to cup appearances and rotation for injury or suspension. We’ll always have that goal against RSL in the playoffs last season though.

Walker Zimmerman

The U.S. international had a tremendous season, improving upon a good showing last year. Made the MLS Best XI, and was a key part in the improvement in LAFC’s defending from last season. One of LAFC’s best acquisitions to this date.

So, who do you think was LAFC’s best defender this season? Let us know in the poll below.

Poll

Who was LAFC’s Defender of the Year for 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Steven Beitashour
    (148 votes)
  • 27%
    Tristan Blackmon
    (74 votes)
  • 1%
    Mohamed El-Munir
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Jordan Harvey
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Dejan Jakovic
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Diego Palacios
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Eddie Segura
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Danilo Silva
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Walker Zimmerman
    (11 votes)
272 votes total Vote Now