Berry wins Rookie of the Year, Pause also collects award

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.


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  • I'd prefer some team hardware, but congrats are in order to both of them, particularly Berry. Hopefully he'll continue to grow and stay healthy. We've got Arne to support him for next year, but after that - who knows?

    On that note, Guillermo, any recent info on Cory Gibbs?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I haven't heard anything new recently on Gibbs. He had a bit of a setback near the end of the season after coming along quickly in his rehab, which opened up some hope that he might be able to make it back by the playoffs but that obviously didn't happen.

    They've got a decision to make on Gibbs since he'll be taking up a good portion of budget space for a back-up.

  • Congrats to both Berry and Pause! Poorly as this season ended, this HAS been a season on the rise for our Fire. Hoping for more improvement next year.

  • Official news on Anibaba training with Atletico Madrid for 2 weeks....

    Pause and Berry talk about awards......

  • David Beckham says the Final will be his last game with the Galaxy. Cue every big name DP being rumored to LA......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I think we should dangle Puppo out there for them to take. Wishful thinking.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yep. Let the rumors fly. Add to this the uncertainty about Donovan's whereabouts next year, and it'll be a feeding frenzy. We can only hope that Marquez gets the boot from RBNY to throw some more chum in the water.

  • Didn't take long.......Rumors circulating that Frank Lampard is on his way to the Galaxy.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I wonder he is looking for Beckham type money around the 6 million dollar range.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I'm sure he's not coming over for $400K.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    why don't the fire go after "stars"? or is it vice versa? are they adverse to paying the moolah? with ticket/jersey sales, it would have to be at least not too big of a financial outlay as compared to a much lesser name/player, no? i get why people might think of LA and NY first, but chicago is by no means a crap city, and i imagine many players know this, but perhaps i'm mistaken????

  • In reply to Drew:

    They've made mention that they have pursued "stars" that would demand big salaries and they have shelled out some bucks in the past. Until they actually do sign a big money player this question is going to continue to be asked.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    For the record... Past performances, both successes & failures, are irrelevant to the present and future. And to trot them out in response to questions regarding the current resolve to perform, are disconcerting.

    NY & LA are both demonstrably intent upon winning, regardless the cost. The Fire appear from their actions to have set as their top priority to build a successful small-market economy model. Winning may be their second priority, but never at the expense of their economy.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I'm not sure I agree with your first statement. In terms of what an organization will do, the only way to have any idea is to look at what they've done in the past. I think I understand what you are getting at, but I do think it's overly simplistic and black and white.

    That said, I do agree with you that the Fire appear to be building more as a small mkt team. In the "past" couple of years since the Nery/Freddie blunder, they haven't come even close to a big name player. I think Andrew felt burned by those moves, and rightfully so, but if he's going to own a team, he either needs to make some big moves or admit that that's not the direction that they are interested in taking. By talking out of one side of his mouth and saying they are open to Keene-type-of-money players and then signing the likes of Puppo, MacDonald, & Fernandez and thinking he's delivering the goods...he's going to continue to have a frustrated fan base waiting for some big time impact players. The Fire have a really nice squad, but need a couple of elite players to take them to the next level imo.

    Finally, a big THANKS to guillermo for the blog. It's definitely something I'm thankful for today. :) I hope you all have a great holiday!

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