Atlanta United’s Miles Robinson third in voting for top defender

April 7, 2018.  Atlanta United defender Miles Robison battles a ball in the mid field against Los Angeles FC #7 Latif Blessing during the first half.
April 7, 2018. Atlanta United defender Miles Robison battles a ball in the mid field against Los Angeles FC #7 Latif Blessing during the first half.

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Atlanta United centerback Miles Robinson finished third in MLS Defender of the Year voting released by the league Thursday.

Minnesota centerback Ike Opara finished first in voting done by players, general managers/technical directors and select media members. LAFC’s Walker Zimmerman finished second.

Robinson, 22, appeared in 34 games, with 33 starts, in helping Atlanta United post 14 shutouts this season. That tied D.C. United for most in the league.

Atlanta United allowed 43 goals, third-fewest in the Eastern Conference and tied for fifth-fewest in the league.

Opara, 30, helped Minnesota reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The Loons also allowed 43 goals.

Zimmerman, a 26-year-old native of Lawrenceville, helped LAFC limit opponents to a league-low 37 goals and a single-season record of 72 points.

Robinson finished with 16.09% of the votes.

Voting for MLS Defender of the Year

Candidate                                 Player Club Media Final 

Ike Opara (MIN)                        25.75  27.27 44.88 32.64

Walker Zimmerman (LAFC) 20.40  17.17 12.20 16.59

Miles Robinson (ATL)             19.40  13.13 15.75 16.09

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