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NICK DELEON – 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year Candidate

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Nick DeLeon, D.C. United's first pick (7th overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft is widely considered one of the most entertaining and promising young players in Major League Soccer.

The 22-year-old midfielder's ability to make an impact on a game was immediately on display in his first appearance for the Black-and-Red, as he scored just 12 minutes into his professional debut against the reigning MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy. From there, DeLeon became a regular in D.C. United's midfield, starting 23 of 26 games in which he has played. With an impressive five goals and four assists on the season, he is on the verge of making history as D.C. United's highest scoring rookie.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"He brings a real quality to our offense in terms of thinking a couple steps ahead. It's a maturity level that I feel like a lot of rookies aren't at yet."
— Chad Ashton, D.C. United Assistant Coach

"DeLeon, who was energetic off the ball and confident and unpredictable on it, had Dallas unhinged and chasing all evening."
— Brian Straus, Sporting News (following 3/30/12 match)

"I think we're pretty fortunate that he came our way. During the college year last year, he was the guy we wanted. I saw him play one game and there was no doubt in my mind."
— Ben Olsen, D.C. United Head Coach

MLS STATISTICS

(as of Oct. 7, 2012) Team
Rank
Rookie
Rank
Goals 5 5th T-2nd
Assists 4 5th T-2nd
Shots 37 4th T-4th
Shots on goal 19 4th T-2th
Games played 26 5th T-4th
Games started 23 5th 2nd
Minutes 1,995 5th 2nd

Of rookies with at least 10 shots on goal, Nick DeLeon is tied for 2nd in goals-to-shots on goal ratio, scoring 26% of the time when he puts the ball on frame.

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Nick DeLeon
Born: July 19, 1990
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Acquired: Selected on 1/12/12 as the seventh overall pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft