Andy Najar, Rookie of the Year

Andy Najar
Photo by D.C. United

The only good thing to happen to D.C. United this season was Andy Najar. The 17-year-old midfielder came up from their Academy team at the beginning of the season and lit up Major League Soccer with seven goals and two assists, as he became a mainstay in the center of United’s XI. Today, he reaped the just rewards and picked up Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the youngest player in the MLS ever to do so, and just the second ever as part of a last place team.

Najar became the first member of United to win the award since interim coach Ben Olsen did it in 1998. Congrats, Andy, and we hope that you have a long and storied career here in DC.

I live and work in the District of Columbia. I write at We Love DC, a blog I helped start, I work at Technolutionary, a company I helped start, and I’m happy doing both. I enjoy watching baseball, cooking, and gardening. I grow a mean pepper, keep a clean scorebook, and wash the dishes when I’m done. Read Why I Love DC.

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