Atlanta United’s Gonzalez Pirez finishes 4th in MLS award

1:14 p.m Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Homepage
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March 5, 2017, Atlanta: Atlanta United defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez soars to the ball over a N.Y. Red Bulls player during the second half on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta United’s Leandro Gonzalez Pirez finished fourth in the voting for MLS Defender of the Year.

Sporting KC’s Ike Opara was named the winner on Thursday.

Gonzalez Pirez, a native of Argentina, started 32 games and scored one goal with three assists. He finished with 66 tackles and a tackle success rate of 83.5 percent. He led the league in interceptions (98).

He was part of a group that posted 13 shutouts this season.

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