For a year that will likely be remembered as the one when the marquee Designated Players infiltrated Major League Soccer, many of the biggest difference-makers around the league have been non-DP newcomers.
The addition of Alvaro Saborio has made Real Salt Lake even more of a threat to repeat as MLS Cup champion. Joel Lindpere's presence in the midfield is one of the reasons that the New York Red Bulls are in the midst of a turnaround season for the ages. The Kansas City Wizards have shown a marked improvement from a year ago, with fresh faces Jimmy Nielsen and Ryan Smith having standout seasons.
Other candidates include: Milton Rodriguez, who has played well up top since joining FC Dallas; Marko Perovic, whose introduction gave the New England Revolution a shot at joining the postseason race and Juninho, who has helped contribute to the Los Angeles Galaxy attack.
The MLS Newcomer of the Year award goes to the best non-rookie player in his first year in the league. Who do you think is most deserving of that award?
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Who did you vote for? Was there anybody who wasn't on the ballot that should have been?
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