2013 Rookie Watch: Crunch Time For ROY Race

2013 Rookie Watch: Crunch Time For ROY Race

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 17, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Rookie Watch, 2013 Week 29, Features
DeAndre Yedlin is leading the rookie pack this season. ( Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

DeAndre Yedlin is leading the rookie pack this season. ( Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re certainly getting down to the nitty-gritty in Major League Soccer. Only a month and a half left in the regular season, which means there is still a lot to play for on the field. I haven’t done a look at my picks for the Rookie of the Year race in a little while so I figured today would be a good time to update those thoughts.

Right now, I would say this race is still wide open. Naturally some voters will just look at stats and see that Player X has scored this many goals while Player Y has not when it comes to their voting. Hey, that’s them, not me.

If I had to vote today, here is how my ballot would look. Normally you only get two spots for voting, but for this sake I’ll do my top five.

1. DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) – Still the top rookie in my mind as he continues to gobble up big minutes for the Sounders as they push their way towards a Supporters’ Shield trophy. He has grown a ton this season as a player on the right hand side of the field for the Sounders too. To be honest, he will be scary good before it is all said and done.

2. Dillon Powers (Colorado) – Another player that has gobbled up a ton of minutes this season. Powers leads rookies in the numbers department with four goals and five assists. Only a two other rookies have more goals than he does at the moment.

3. Andrew Farrell (New England) – In a way, his ROY chances rest with his club’s playoff chances. While he has been fairly consistent this season, I do think over time he’ll be better suited for a center back role and not a full back.

4. Gyasi Zardes (LA) – He’s made a good transition from forward to left midfielder this season for the Galaxy and in the process has earned a starting role just like we thought he would all along. He still has room to grow as a player but boy is he exciting to watch on the ball.

5. Jonathan Osorio (Toronto) – There has been one fairly constant player in Toronto’s lineup this year and it has been Osorio, not Kyle Bekker. He is tied for the lead with Deshorn Brown for most goals by a rookie this season.

Others worth mentioning: Deshorn Brown (Colorado), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Wil Trapp (Columbus), Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake)

Here is how the rest of the rookies did in Week 29.

Week 29 Minutes:

180 Jonathan Osorio (Toronto)
90 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) – 1 assist
90 Chad Barson (Columbus)
90 Wil Trapp (Columbus)
90 Andrew Farrell (New England)
90 Dillion Powers (Colorado)
90 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
90 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
90 Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake)
89 Scott Caldwell (New England)
83 Jason Johnson (Houston)
56 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas USA)
32 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake)
15 Deshorn Brown (Colorado)
2 Kyle Bekker (Toronto)
1 Michael Bustamante (New York)

*Made MLS Debut

Total minutes for the season:

Homegrown Players:

DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) 2,080 minutes, 1 goal, 2 assists
Scott Caldwell (New England) 1,758 minutes, 2 assists
Armando Moreno (New York) 2 minutes
Jonathan Osorio (Toronto) 1,427 minutes, 5 goals
London Woodberry (FC Dallas) 333 minutes
Maxim Tissot (Montreal) 92 minutes
Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal) 36 minutes
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 1,540 minutes – 3 goals, 1 assist
Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake) 1,611 minutes
Chad Barson (Columbus) 1,268 minutes
Wil Trapp (Columbus) 939 minutes – 1 assist
Bradlee Baladez (FC Dallas) 27 minutes
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) 540 minutes
Collin Martin (DC United) 165 minutes
Michael Seaton (DC United) 13 minutes

SuperDraft picks:

#1 Andrew Farrell (New England) 2,273 minutes 1 assist
#2 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas) 1,854, 1 goal, 1 assist
#3 Kyle Bekker (Toronto  FC) 125 minutes
#4 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver) 474 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist
#5 Erik Hurtado (Vancouver) 483 minutes, 1 assist
#6 Deshorn Brown (Colorado) 1,918 minutes, 7 goals, 3 assists
#7 Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) 231 minutes – 2 goals
#8 Blake Smith (Montreal) 228 minutes – 2 goals
#9 Ryan Finley (Columbus) 297 minutes – 1 goal, 1 assist
#10 Eriq Zavaleta (Seattle) 21 minutes
#11 Dillon Powers (Colorado) 2,218 minutes, 4 goal, 5 assists
#12 John Stertzer (Real Salt Lake) 33 minutes
#13 Jason Johnson (Houston) 426 minutes – 1 goal
#16 Emery Welshman (Toronto FC) 5 minutes
#17 Taylor Kemp (DC United) 449 minutes
#19 Charlie Rugg (LA Galaxy) 151 minutes, 1 goal
#21 Donnie Smith (New England) 53 minutes
#29 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake) 736 minutes – 2 goals
#30 Yazid Atouba (Chicago Fire) 55 minutes
#38 Greg Cochrane (LA Galaxy) 668 minutes

Supplemental Picks:

Adam Jahn (San Jose) 940 minutes, 4 goals
Taylor Morgan (Toronto FC) 15 minutes
Leonardo Fernandes (Philadelphia) 267 minute
Michael Bustamante (New York) 7 minutes

  • Il Luogotenente

    Love the rookie updates. Keep up the great work!