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#NERevs Predictions: Who’ll be the Defensive MVP?

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Welcome to the second of a five-part series of Revolution-related predictions for the upcoming season. Yesterday, we gave our predictions for the Golden Boot winner. Today, our writers weigh in on who they believe will be the team’s defensive MVP in 2017.

By the way, we want your take, too! Feel free to leave your vote in the comments section!

Sean Donahue: Andrew Farrell. While all the attention will be on the pairing of newcomers Benjamin Angoua and Antonio Mlinar Delamea at center back this year, Andrew Farrell has finally been freed to focus solely on playing right back again. The failed experiment at center back may have hurt his development as potentially one of the best right backs in the league, but expect him to get back on track this season and have a breakout year patrolling the right flank.

Greg Johnstone: Benjamin Angoua will come in with a lot of pressure to lead the Revolution defense in need of much improvement. His experience in Ligue 1 will be valuable and I expect him to turn into the leader of that group. If Angoua stays healthy, he’s my pick for Defensive MVP.

Brian O’Connell: Based on the way his coach has raved about him, I have to go with Toni Delamea, who’s looked especially good during preseason action. A smart and gritty defender who’s also shown leadership abilities, it would not shock me in the slightest if he makes the kind of impact we saw from Jose Goncalves during his first year in New England.

Jose Pereira: I like to pay attention to things often overlooked, I think the goalkeeper position will be the defensive MVP winner, so I think Cody Cropper will be defensive MVP, and will be a big upgrade from Bobby Shuttleworth.


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