By IVES GALARCEP
The 2013 MLS rookie class has produced several quality contributors who have already begun playing key roles for the teams that drafted them, but no rookie has enjoyed as strong a start to their career as Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers.
The Notre Dame product has been instrumental in Colorado’s season, and one of the key reasons why the Rapids have been able to stay in the playoff conversation despite being hit with a plethora of injuries.
Powers leads all MLS rookies in minutes played, registering three goals and two assists while anchoring the midfield on a Rapids team that sits just one point out of a playoff spot.
So what other rookies have done well through the first half of the season? Here is SBI’s list of Top Five rookies so far this season:
SBI MLS MID-SEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RANKINGS
1. DILLON POWERS
MLS rookie leader in minutes played, Powers has been a force in the Colorado midfield. Powers has three goals and two assists and has set the tone for the Rapids midfield.
2. DESHORN BROWN
The Rapids rookie striker hasn’t been as consistent a force as Powers, but he has been one of the team’s better attacking options. He leads MLS rookies in goals (4) and assists (4)
Has started every match he’s been available for, and a key reason why New England has allowed the fewest goals in MLS this season.
4. DEANDRE YEDLIN
The speedy right back has turned heads with his attacking qualities and maturity for a 19-year old. Earned a spot on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team thanks to his play for Seattle.
5. ADAM JAHN
The MLS rookie leader in goals with four (tied with Brown), Jahn has been a steal for the San Jose Earthquakes, and is the only player on this list who wasn’t either a first-round pick or Homegrown Player signing.
Now it’s your turn to cast your vote for MLS Mid-Season Rookie of the Year. Cast your vote here:
What do you think of our selections? Who would get your Rookie of the Year vote at the mid-way point of the season?
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