Ketuka Manneh became the first 18-year old to score a hat trick in a Major League Soccer game this past week. But was it enough to get voter’s attention for the Rookie of the Year race? It should have but sadly I think Manneh has too many players to leap over to earn the ROY award this year. (My rankings below are more about the body of work from the season, rather than just a ranking from this past week.)
Minutes were a little more limited in Week 33, mostly due to the schedule.
Below is an updated version of my rookie race, though it didn’t change much from a week ago.
1. Dillon Powers (Colorado) (no change)- No minutes this week due to injury. If he misses any more time, you have to wonder can someone else pass him?
2. Gyasi Zardes (LA) (no change)- He has one extra game to deal with this week. I’d say if he can gobble up at least two goals and an assist in the final three games, he’ll have a decent shot at passing Powers for me and for plenty of others out there.
4. Deshorn Brown (Colorado) (up one)- Moves up due to the national team call-up. Hey, I know it has nothing to do with the vote but I’m happy for Brown. First call-up and start against the US on Friday.
3. DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) (down 1)- Hate to say it but his chances are slipping away with each Sounder loss right now.
5. Wil Trapp (Columbus (no change) - No games for the Crew this past week.
Here is how the rest of the rookies did in Week 33. Continue Reading →