Oct. 25, 2005
Major League Soccer today announced that Kansas City Wizards and former UCLA standout Jimmy Conrad has been named the MLS Defender of the Year.
The 28 year-old Conrad earns his first MLS Defender of the Year award a year after finishing as the runner-up for the award. The seven-year MLS veteran capped off a strong individual year that saw him start his first MLS All-Star Game, start for the MLS Select Team that faced Real Madrid in the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu, and break through on the U.S. Men's National Team. He earned his first international cap during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and marshaled the U.S. back line in his first World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in September. With Conrad at the helm, the Wizards conceded only 44 goals in 32 regular season matches, with only four teams conceding fewer.
Conrad, the Wizards' 2005 Humanitarian of the Year, was a starter on the Bruins' 1997 NCAA Championship squad and lettered at UCLA from 1996 to 1997.
This is the third time in the last four years that a former UCLA player has won Defender of the Year honors. Carlos Bocanegra (1997-99) received the honor in both 2002 and 2003.