SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jalil Anibaba

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jalil Anibaba

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jalil Anibaba

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For much of his rookie season, Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba has gone about his business putting in work on the back line, but during his regular-season finale, Anibaba made sure to show off his offensive arsenal as well.

Anibaba scored the first two goals of his MLS career in the opening 30 minutes against Columbus with a pair of headers from inside the box to earn the final SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors of the season.

The Fire went on to beat Columbus, 3-2, and while the club came up short in its late push for the playoffs, it has the pieces in place — Anibaba included — to make a return to the postseason in 2012.

Among the other rookies that Anibaba beat out for the final weekly honor were San Jose's Rafael Baca and D.C.'s Perry Kitchen.

What did you think of Anibaba's performance? How would you rate his rookie season? What did you make of this year's rookie class?

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