Major League Soccer today revealed the 2016 MLS Best XI, recognizing the league’s top players at each position on the field as determined by media, MLS players and MLS club staff.
FC Dallas saw 2016 Defender of the Year Matt Hedges and Mauro Diaz names on the league’s Best XI honor.
It is the second consecutive season that Hedges had earned the honor. Hedges becomes the second player in club history to record back-to-back MLS Best XI nods. Ronnie O’Brien was named to the MLS Best XI in 2005 and 2006. Hedges had one goal this season but was a force in leading FC Dallas to one of their best defensive seasons to date.
Diaz picked up his first Best XI honors. He lead the team in assists with 13 this year to go with five goals that he scored. The 25-year-old Argentine is one of only five players league wide to record double digit assist totals in each of the past two seasons.
2016 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Axel Sjoberg (Colorado Rapids), Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)
Midfielders: Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)
Forwards: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), David Villa (New York City FC), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)