The Winner of Most Likely to Succeed 2012 Is…

Major League Soccer may have just awarded their Rookie of the Year prize, but the honor we are bestowing to soccer’s next generation is Most Likely to Succeed.

You nominated Chicago’s Austin Berry, DC’s Nick DeLeon, Philadelphia’s Ray Gaddis, Dallas’ Matt Hedges, Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks, and New York’s Ryan Meara. Immensely deserving nominations all around, and they are all to be congratulated for great rookie seasons.

But the winner of the Most Likely to Succeed of 2012 is…

Nick DeLeon of DC United!

Nick played in 28 Regular Season matches with 25 starts, tallying 6 goals and 4 assists. But he got a lot of attention for his two clutch playoff goals, including the one on the road in New York that sent DC to the Eastern Conference Championship game. It’s clear that you plan on seeing big things from this 22 year old who overcame a potentially career-killing moment a year and a half ago¬†to excel in his first year in Major League Soccer.

Congratulations, Nick! We present you with this suitable-for-framing certificate:

Most Likely to Succeed 2012

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