It was always going to be an upset if it didn't happen this way. After a fantastic first season wearing burgundy and blue, Dillon Powers has won the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year award. He will be the first ever Colorado Rapid to win the award.
Powers was lauded for his calmness, passing ability and attacking intelligence on the ball in the center of the park, and was one of the team leaders in minutes with 2,457. Powers ended the season with five goals and six assists, along with some of the better passing numbers in the league. He was named the team's MVP at the end of the year and it showed why he was when the Rapids dropped 3-0 and 2-0 results to the Whitecaps and Sounders at the end of the year without him.
His fellow rookie Deshorn Brown, who put in 10 goals during the season and was oh-so-close to breaking or tying the rookie scoring record in MLS, came in second in the voting. Ever-present Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin finished third.
Congratulations to Dillon, hopefully this award is the start of something big!