2023 Major League Soccer Predictions: Awards and MLS Cup
Defender of the Year
Winner: Yeimar Gómez Andrade, Seattle Sounders
I'm extremely high on the Seattle Sounders, and I believe they'll bounce back with authority after missing the playoffs last year. That turn arond is going to be anchored by an elite backline.
Yeimar Gómez Andrade is the anchor of Seattle's defense --- although the whole unit is talented --- and should get plenty of recoginition for helping the Sounders compete for silverware again this season.
Honorable Mentions: Sean Nealis (RBNY), Andres Reyes (RBNY), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville)
Goalkeeper of the Year
Winner: Djordje Petrovic, New England Revolution
I will be genuinely shocked if Djordje Petrovic isn't the best goalkeeper in MLS this season. The Serbian international is a superhuman shot-stopper and already one of the most talented net minders in league history.
The only way he doesn't win this award is if he's sold midseason --- a distinct possibility for a player of his ability.
Honorable Mentions: Andre Blake (Philadelphia)
Winner: Mikael Uhre, Philadelphia Union
This was by far the hardest award for me to predict. There's a glut of strong choices, but no clear frontrunner right now. I opted for a productive player who just touched the surface of what he could do in this league last season.
Mikael Uhre is, for my money, the best player in Philadelphia's attack. He scored 13 goals in his maiden MLS campaign, but I think he could easily hit 20-25 goals with a full season of league experience under his belt.
Honorable Mentions: Dante Vanzeir (RBNY), Denis Bouanga (LAFC), Dejan Jovelic (Galaxy)