SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick DeLeon

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Nick DeLeon spent his pre-professional days looking up to Dwayne De Rosario and trying to model his game after the D.C. United captain and MLS great. This past week, he combined with him twice for two notable moments.

DeLeon bounced back from an illness to finish off a pass from De Rosario for a goal, and he then returned the favor by assisting De Rosario for his 100th career goal in D.C. United's 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls last Wednedsay. DeLeon was effective in manning the right wing again Saturday against Real Salt Lake, with the two performances leading him to SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.

The goal was DeLeon's fifth of the season and his assist was his fourth, as he has reclaimed the form that made him an early Rookie of the Year candidate in the season's opening months.

DeLeon beat out a list of candidates this past week that included Columbus Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson, Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry and Red Bulls fullback Connor Lade.

What did you think of DeLeon's performance? How would you rate his rookie season overall? Which rookie do you think had the best Week 26?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick DeLeon

  1. stpauljosh says:

    i miss the ‘fro. nick has been a delight to watch this year. can’t wait to see him on the nats in the future.

  2. Ted Nugent says:

    Agreed. Bring the ‘fro back. It reminded me of Fletch.

  3. goalkeeper72 says:

    I had the opportunity to meet his father in Phoenix when I was a kid. Leroy was a heck of a player with the Phoenix Inferno of the MISL.

  4. JoeW says:

    I think he’s got a world of potential. Nick has been at his best when he’s been aggressive, forced play, run at people, gone for the ball. He’s one of those rare players who you don’t coach to “let the play come to you.” Very good at making things happen.

  5. Tyler says:

    “De Rosario was effective in manning the right wing again Saturday against Real Salt Lake…” should be DeLeon.

    Not harping, just pointing it out..

  6. alex says:

    hmmm … modeled his game after Dero huh?

    I thought I was crazy for thinking there were similarities, but I guess that at least partially explains it.

  7. Andy says:

    I think DeLeon is going to be a stinkin good player with the nats if he keeps progressing like he is. The guy is already one of the better MLS players, and he’s only 22 and in his first season as a pro.

  8. Bateman says:

    Bring the De Ro braids back