Chicago Fire defender Wilman Conde was named to the 2009 Major League Soccer Best XI, the league announced Monday afternoon. This is Conde's first Best XI honor.
Conde played in 19 regular-season games this season and rattled in a penalty kick in Saturday's shootout loss against Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference final at Toyota Park. Although injuries plagued much of Conde's 2009 campaign, he had an impact on both ends of the field when he was available.
Conde and the Fire defense allowed only 34 goals in 30 games, which was sixth-best among MLS' 15 teams. Conde had two goals and two assists to go with an All-Star First XI selection. The 27-year-old Colombian also was the 2009 Fire Defender of the Year.
For the full MLS Best XI, click here. The list includes former Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton of Chivas USA.