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Two Revs honored; Grajeda top ref

LogoMLSMLS has rolled out four more post-season awards today ... no Sounders among the contenders this time.

Here are the releases from the league:

Major League Soccer announced today the Defender of the Year, the Referee of the Year and the Assistant Referee of the Year awards.

2013 Defender of the Year: Jose Goncalves – New England RevolutionGoncalves started all 34 games this season, playing every minute of every game. The physically dominant central defender helped anchor the Revolution’s defense that finished the year tied for third-best in the League. The 28-year-old newcomer also contributed two goals this season, both game-winners.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.

2013 Referee and Assistant Referee of the YearMLS announced that Hilario Grajeda was voted Referee of the Year, and Kermit Quisenberry was voted the Assistant Referee of the Year. These two awards were voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management. The other two finalists for Referee of the Year were Ismail Elfath and Baldomero Toledo.

Major League Soccer today announced New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis as the 2013 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year. Reis has been a mainstay in goal for the Revolution for more than a decade, but on April 15, 2013, he made the save of his life. After the first bomb went off during the Boston Marathon, Reis, who had been standing in the same location as his father-in-law John Odom just minutes before, rushed back to the blast site to help victims.

Using articles of clothing as make-shift tourniquets, Reis reduced Odom’s blood loss – an act that saved his life. In August, Reis raised more than $125,000 for the John Odom Recovery Fund at his third annual charity golf tournament and has paid tribute to his father-in-law’s recovery by wearing a warm-up jersey with the name “Odom”.

A 16-year MLS veteran and former member of the U.S. national team, Reis began his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1998 while spending the last 11 seasons with New England. In 2012, he was awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Revolution for his contributions to the community.