We knew the Rookie of the Year race was a two-man contest between Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown, but with two games to go in the season the editors at MLSsoccer.com have made the early call.
On Friday six of the eight MLSsoccer.com editors polled selected Powers as the MLS Rookie of the Year.
Powers received votes from MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas, Jonah Freedman, Simon Borg, Jason Saghini, Andrew Wiebe and Nicolas Rosano. Matt Doyle voted for Powers' roommate and fellow Rapids rookie Deshorn Brown, while Kristel Valencia left us scratching our heads as she thought Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin has had a better campaign than either Colorado player.
Here are some of comments from the editors that selected Powers:
- He's a composed leader...
- He never showed any signs of being a first-year pro, bringing veteran-esque composure and quality
- Five goals and six assists are solid numbers for anyone, never mind a rookie, but it's the 29 starts that are most impressive from the 22-year-old.
- Great touches, excellent passing, spectacular goals, loads of hustle and plenty of personality
- His consistency, production and versatility make him a worthy choice for the award
Note: Actual voting for the MLS Rookie of the Year - which is expected to consist of votes from players, technical staffs, and media - is expected to take place over the next couple of weeks. In year's past MLS has announced award winners in the weeks leading up to MLS Cup.