Aug 5, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT
Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks may have assumed the inside track on Rookie of the Year, but this thing is far from a cinch.
A certain Chicago Fire center back could still have something to say about the race.
Austin Berry was a name that very few of us were talking about just a few weeks ago. He didn’t benefit from that early season push the way D.C. United’s Nick DeLeon and some others did. (DeLeon is back in the picture, too, after his bright performance last night.)
But Berry has made the most of his opportunity since Cory Gibbs’ season-ending injury, establishing his rookie self as a steady part of a central back line partnership alongside former German international Arne Friedrich.
Last night, Chicago’s back line limited Toronto to just eight shots total in a 2-1 win. The visitors’ only goal came after Marco Pappa’s poor pass was intercepted inside his own half.
But Pappa made amends with a goal. And then Berry came forward for the game-winner.
Highlights are here:
- Stock Falling: Which U.S. players’ statures are slipping … 2
- Get to your DVRs as soon as possible, because that Italy-Japan match was a classic 1
- Stock Rising: United States men whose values are rising out of Salt Lake 2
- MLS Preview: Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy 0
- Goal, assist from Neymar give Brazil win, prolong Mexico’s woes 2
- Graham Zusi keeps making it harder for Landon Donovan to get back into U.S. national team (29)
- Broadcast of U.S. v. Panama was second highest audience for World Cup Qualifier (14)
- Marseille’s hideous away kit one of the worst of all time (14)
- Orlando City dumps Sporting Kansas City out of U.S. Open Cup, extend unbeaten streak to 14 matches (13)
- It’s time FIFA reconsiders the Confederations Cup bid to the Oceania region (13)
- Play Video: Police clash with protesters in Brazil
- Play Video: Highlights: Sounders win in final minutes
- Play Video: Highlights: Revolution dismantle Galaxy
- Play Video: What does New York FC have to do to succeed?
- Play Video: The Hype: Bending the screen like Beckham
- Play Video: Galaxy's Rogers talks about coming out to the public