New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers was the named the Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year on Monday, marking the first time a Rapids player has won the award.
Powers edged out teammate Deshorn Brown to claim the honor, while Seattle midfielder DeAndre Yedlin finished third in the voting.
"We are incredibly proud of Dillon for this accomplishment, though it's clear that both he and Deshorn would be worthy Rookie of the Year winners," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo. "Dillon's skill, tenacity, consistency and character were a big part of our success this year, and he deserves to be recognized. I also feel that in any other season, Deshorn would have easily won this award. I'd like to congratulate both players, and hope that this honor gets them, as well as our fans, even more excited for the 2014 season."
The 22-year-old Powers was the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of Notre Dame and he immediately stepped into a big role for the Rapids, appearing in 30 matches, including 29 starts.
Powers netted five goals with six assists this season to help the Rapids earn a playoff berth, while Brown also had a huge hand in Colorado's success by leading all rookies with 10 goals.