Sweeney: My 2019 Revolution Defender of the Year vote goes to…

Thanks to the compressed regular-season schedule in Major League Soccer this year — we can thank the new playoff format for that, which actually is not a bad thing — we in the Boston Soccer Press Corps are voting for our second Defender of the Year in a little less than 11 months. Last year, media voting started in late September and ended just after 5 p.m. on Oct. 14.

This year, ballots went out this past Monday, and voting was open until 11 p.m. Saturday night. As soon as I received the email, I submitted my vote. And in true fashion — in the interest of full disclosure and transparency — I’m going to tell you who I voted for in just a couple of minutes.

But first, a couple of observations about this year’s balloting:

Last year, my first year of eligibility in voting, there were certain conditions which had to be met for player eligibility. Conditions for selection are that the player must be a defender in the Revs’ back line, and that they must have played 50 percent of the Revolution’s matches up until the Sept. 29, 2018 debacle in Toronto. Media members could vote for two: a first-place pick, and a second-place pick. You will also recall that I abstained from voting, given the summer swoon. And even though RevComm had asked me at the Training Center Groundbreaking after the voting deadline had passed if I wanted to reconsider my abstention, I could not, in good faith, vote for any Revolution defender.

This year, I