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Benny Award 3: The Convey

By definition, the Convey Award goes to DC United's rookie of the year. The award's namesake is Bobby Convey, who coincidentally is on the other side today. Convey was very promising in his short time here in DC, and started 18 matches his rookie season, which sounded like a lot until this year.

Last year's Convey Award went to Ryan Cordeiro with a huge 76% margin. Cordeiro now plays for USL-2 Real Maryland, and the only nominee still in the league is Mike Zaher. Pretty good chance that will not be the case with the strength of our 2009 draft class.

1. Chris Pontius was the leading contender for MLS Rookie of the Year early in the season, and with 4 goals, he is tied with Zakuani for most goals by a rookie. Pontius has played in most matches at forward, but has also seen time at right wing, central midfield, and now looks to have secured a job starting on the left wing.

2. Rodney Wallace has emerged as the most versatile player on the team. He has started at left wing, left back, but mostly in central defensive/holding midfield. With appearances in 25 of 26 games this season, Wallace has been very productive with 3 goals and 3 assists.

3. Brandon Barklage looked well on his way to becoming a fan favorite with his exciting play-making style. He had two goals in two Open Cup matches before injury unfortunately forced his season to end early.

4. Milos Kocic lost the goalkeeper competition to Wicks, but his potential has been clear in his 2 MLS starts, and in shutouts in the CCL and Open Cup.

Please enter your votes now through the end of the season, and feel free to argue for your choice in the comments section.
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