Michael Parkhurst is the central defender for the New England Revolution soccer team, and he just won the defender of the year award for Major League Soccer. He's a really interesting defender - he's somewhat of a regular sized guy (5'10" I think, and not muscular), and not an aggressive player - he did not receive one yellow or red card all year, and he rarely slide tackles- all this stuff is atypical for soccer defenders - who are usually bigger, a tad dorky ;.), and very aggressive. He's just makes really clever plays, has good positioning, really steady and smooth, and doesn't make many mistakes. He's a great soccer player and a great defensive player, Probably this best analogy from other sports would best a hockey defender like that, but I can't think of one.