It's a goal-scorer's world and we're all just living in it. A couple of quality goal-scorers and chance-creators are in the mix, but can a defender nab the top rookie award for the first time since 2012?
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Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders
Jordan Morris has had a good year by any measure. But as a rookie, his year has been spectacular. He had 12 goals and 4 assists in the regular season, not to mention six game-winning goals, which is a record for a rookie. He is continuing his great form through the playoffs so far and has helped put the Seattle Sounders in very good position to advance to the Western Conference finals. He is the clear favorite to win.
Jack Harrison, New York City FC
Jack Harrison, the No. 1 overall draft pick coming into the season, didn't start getting regular minutes until the summer, but he played a big part in helping New York City FC excel. His blend of technical ability and speed along the flanks made him a constant threat, and he racked up three goals in his first eight games. His season started to quiet down, but he continued to play an important role, finishing the regular season with four goals and seven assists.
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Keegan Rosenberry, Philadelphia Union
Kegan Rosenberry is the lone defender here. He has been arguably one of the best right backs in the league, which is pretty impressive considering he was just a first-year rookie. His one-on-one defending has been excellent and he's done pretty well pushing up into the attack, netting two goals and two assists on the year. He made the All-Star Game roster and for good reason.