Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme has been a savior in the back for the Galaxy this season in his first year in MLS.
Van Damme joined the Galaxy from Standard Liege of the Belgian first division. He made 28 appearances during the regular season, helping the Galaxy become one of the league’s stingiest defenses, allowing just 39 goals.
The Defender of the Year award will be announced Nov. 11. The Newcomer of the Year will be awarded Nov. 21.