MLS has announced the first of its postseson awards in three categories in which Sounders were not contenders.
Here's the release from the league:
Major League Soccer today announced the 2012 Rookie of the Year, as well as the Xbox Individual and Team Fair Play awards. 2012 Rookie of the Year: Austin Berry – Chicago Fire A hard-nosed, blue collar defender out of the University of Louisville, Austin Berry developed into one of the top young center backs in the League. In his rookie season, Berry showcased his physical talents, skill and composure under pressure while starting 28 consecutive matches for the Men in Red, tallying three goals and contributing to the success of the Chicago Fire defense that only allowed 41 goals during the course of the 2012 campaign. All first-year players in MLS without previous professional experience were eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, voted by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were D.C. United forward Nick DeLeon and Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Darren Mattocks. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top five candidates: