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DeLeon heads strong class of newcomers
by Paul Kennedy, April 2nd, 2012 5:40PM

TAGS:  d.c. united, mls


[MLS ROOKIES WATCH] This was supposed to be one of the best rookie classes in recent history, and they certainly lived up to it. The best of the lot may be D.C. United's Nick DeLeon, son of former NASL star Leroy DeLeon, with two goals and an assist in his last two games. Two rookies, New York goalie Ryan Meara and Columbus midfielder Kirk Urso, have played every minute for their team, and six other rookies played at least half the time.

Andrew Wenger (Montreal) and Darren Mattocks (Vancouver) went 1-2 in the MLS SuperDraft and were supposed to be the top attacking prospects in the draft, but neither has yet to start. Wenger has come off the bench three times, while Mattocks, who is recovering from burns suffered in a cooking fire, has played one minute.

DeLeon was one of five rookies to score at least one goal in March. Except for his first goal in a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles, all the goals have been in winning efforts.

In addition, Luis Silva scored for Toronto FC in the first leg of its Concacaf Champions League series win over Los Angeles.

All but two players were taken in the 2012 MLS Super Draft or Supplemental Draft. Christian Hernandez was a Philadelphia Union homegrown signing, while Junior Burgos was taken by Toronto FC in the 2011 SuperDraft.

MLS Rookies in March
360 Ryan Meara (New York) 1.75 GAA
315 Kelyn Rowe (New England) 1 goal
270 Kirk Urso (Columbus)
246 Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Portland) 1 goal
227 Tony Cascio (Colorado) 1 goal
225 Luis Silva (Toronto FC)
219 Sebastian Velasquez (Real Salt Lake)
165 Casey Townsend (Chivas USA) 1 goal
163 Nick DeLeon (D.C. United) 2 goals, 1 assist
92 Aaron Maund (Toronto FC)
84 Ethan Finlay (Columbus)
84 Tommy Meyer (Los Angeles)
65 Andrew Wenger (Montreal)
51 Chandler Hoffman (Philadelphia)
30 Tyler Polak (New England)
26 Aaron Schoenfeld (Columbus)
25 Alec Purdie (New England)
22 Hunter Jumper (Chicago)
18 Christian Hernandez (Philadelphia)
6 Junior Burgos (Toronto FC)
1 Darren Mattocks (Seattle)

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