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When he was drafted by the New England Revolution, defender A.J. Soares was regarded by many as the most pro-ready defender in the MLS Draft and a player capable of stepping in and contributing right away.
Soares has been just that for the Revs this season, and this past week was a strong example of that. After scoring a goal in New England's 4-4 draw against Philadelphia, Soares helped anchor the New England defense as the Revs posted a 2-0 victory against FC Dallas. Those performances helped Soares earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
Soares edged out a good field of rookies this past week, including Sporting KC's C.J. Sapong, D.C. United's Ethan White and Perry Kitchen.
What did you think of Soares' performance this past week? What rookie would have gotten your Rookie of the Week vote?
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