Teen phenom Najar takes MLS Rookie of the Year

D.C. United playmaker tops Ream, Mwanga to become youngest winner
Najar named top rookie

NEW YORK --- Most pundits made the Rookie of the Year award a two-horse race between New York defender Tim Ream and Philadelphia forward Danny Mwanga.  However, Andy Najar, D.C. United's 17-year-old phenom earned the award on Wednesday, becoming the first attacking player to win the honor since Clint Dempsey in 2004.

[inline_lightbox:14074]Najar is also the youngest player to ever win the award and just the second player to win the award for a last-place team, after Maurice Edu won for Toronto FC in 2007.

MLS Announces 2010 Rookie of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Xbox 360 Individual and Team Fair Play Awards

MLS Announces 2010 ROTY

Major League Soccer today announced the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, as well as the Xbox 360 Individual and Team Fair Play Awards.

2010 Rookie of the Year: Andy Najar, D.C. United

D.C. United anuncia premios del club 2010

Najar gana cuatro premios, Zayner, King y McTavish también homenajeados
anuncia premios del club

Washington, D.C. (1 de noviembre de 2010) - D.C. United anunció hoy los ganadores de los premios de fin de temporada del club. El novato catracho Andy Najar se llevó la mayor cantidad al ganar Jugador Más Valioso Volkswager, Botín de Oro, Premio Volkswagen de los Aficionados y Gol del Año. Jed Zayner ganó el Premio Visa al Defensor del Año, Stephen King fue reconocido con el Premio de los Técnicos, mientras que Devon McTavish recibió el Premio MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitario del Año por tercer año consecutivo.

D.C. United announces 2010 club awards

Najar takes home four accolades
2010 club award-winners

D.C. (November 1, 2010) – D.C. United announced today the club’s end-of-season
award winners, with several honors going to 17-year-old rookie standout Andy
Najar. Topping the list is Najar’s 2010 Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Award,
along with the Volkswagen Fans Choice Award for his outstanding play during his
first season with the club. Jed Zayner takes home the Visa Defender of the Year
Award for his contributions to the Black-and-Red after joining United from
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DC's Boskovic frustrated by maiden MLS campaign

Montenegrin midfielder admits struggling to adapt to tactics
Boskovic adjusts to MLS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Branko Boskovic had seen enough.

Last Saturday, his D.C. United side had just lost its 20th league match of the season — its 12th defeat overall since his midsummer arrival and by virtue of their fourth blown lead during the same period.

While most of the attention, understandably, was paid to teammate Jaime Moreno and his United swan song, Boskovic sat at his locker across the room, quietly and matter-of-factly dissecting the naivete that had burned DC yet again.

Riley wins final Goal of the Week honor of 2010

Coming soon: Fans can vote for 2010 Goal of the Year
Goal of the Week: Riley

Sounders fans voted in force, once again, for's AT&T Goal of the Week, ensuring a Seattle player took the honor for the fifth time in the past six weeks.

James Riley's first goal of the year wins this campaign's final Goal of the Week award, having collected 65.75 percent of the vote. He beat out efforts from Brian McBride (24.01 percent), Geoff Cameron (4.04 percent), Birahim Diop (3.31 percent) and Dane Richards (2.89 percent).

MLS names finalists for end-of-season awards

Who made the final cut for top honors in 2010?
2010 award finalists

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NEW YORK — Major League Soccer released the finalists for the league's annual end-of-season awards, including the three finalists for the hotly debated MVP race.

Check them out:

Capital Construction: Stepping up in DC

Quaranta may be likely veteran leader with Moreno departing
Stepping up in DC

Santino Quaranta, D.C. United

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WASHINGTON – From field level to mezzanine and upper deck, tears were flowing in every sector of RFK Stadium as Jaime Moreno concluded his D.C. United career last weekend. The raw heartache surprised even the man at the center of the action.

“I never thought it was going to be this hard,” a gutted Moreno said after his final game. “But I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a family, because this is pretty devastating.”

Thank you from Jaime Moreno

Jaime Moreno's open letter to fans
Thank you!


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