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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Steve Birnbaum


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Needing just a single point to secure a playoff position, Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United did what they needed to by keeping the Sporting KC attack at bay.

The rookie defender was part of a D.C. United backline that maintained a clean sheet in the scoreless draw, as Birnbaum’s defensive performance earned him recognition as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Tasked with handling a strikeforce including 20-goal scorer Dom Dwyer, Birnbaum and D.C. United limited Sporting KC to just three shots on target. As a result, the Eastern Conference leaders earned a clean sheet against the reigning champions, who hadn’t been shutout since D.C. United accomplished the feat back on Aug. 23.

Birnbaum’s performance saw the defender beat out A.J. Cochran and Harry Shipp for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Birnbaum’s efforts this week? Which rookie stood out to you?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Well-earned! Birnbaum stepped into some pretty big shoes on the back line when Jeff Parke went down to injury. Under Bobby Boswell’s watchful eye, he has helped anchor one of the best defenses in MLS. Not sure if that merits Rookie of the Year, but he should be part of the discussion,at least.

  2. one of the best up and coming rookies in the league.. He should no doubt be up for the rookie of the year this year. Came from a great college team and is making DC’s defense better every week


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