Diego Rossi’s individual trophy case is filling up, as the Los Angeles Football Club was crowned 2020 MLS Young Player of the Year on Monday.
The 22-year-old was the MLS Golden Boot winner in 2020, with 14 goals and four assists in 19 games, becoming the youngest Golden Boot winner in MLS history. He was also the second consecutive LAFC player to lead the league in scoring, after Carlos Vela took the prize in 2019.
Rossi is also up for the MLS Most Valuable Player award, but I think it’s pretty likely this Young Player of the Year award is his crowning honor, but we’ll see what happens.
The Young Player of the Year award is a new one in MLS this season, replacing the Rookie of the Year award. Rossi beat out Philadelphia Union midfielder Brenden Aaronson, who is set to be transferred to Red Bull Salzburg, and Orlando City forward Daryl Dike, who would have won Rookie of the Year but got the short end of the stick with the award’s parameters expanding considerably. LAFC attacker Brian Rodriguez finished 6th in the Young Player of the Year voting.
Many congratulations to Diego, it’s an award well-deserved, and hopefully the best is yet to come in his career.
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