Austin Berry has been the named the winner of 2012's MLS Rookie of the Year award by a relatively wide margin. Berry was the leading vote getter among media, front office, and players easily outdistancing second place finisher Nick DeLeon. The central defender earned 57% of the media vote compared to DeLeon's 26%, won the club vote 52-25 and outdistanced him again in the player vote 32-27.
Berry is the third Fire player to win the award joining Carlos Bocanegra and Damani Ralph as past recipients of the honor. Berry worked his way into the starting eleven on May 4 and never left the line-up again, starting in 28 consecutive matches to end the season.
Logan Pause also won the other individual award that Chicago was nominated for this season. The Fire captain beat out Ante Jazic and Heath Pearce to become the first winner in club history of the MLS Individual Fair Play Award. The Fire were finalists for the Team Fair Play award but that went to the New England Revolution.