MLS announced Friday the 2020 MLS Best XI, with one LAFC player, forward Diego Rossi, voted to the dream team for the season.
Rossi, 22, earns his first career Best XI selection in MLS, after putting together a stellar season in which he won the MLS Golden Boot as the top scorer, with 14 goals in 19 regular-season games, and was voted MLS Young Player of the Year. He’s also an MLS MVP finalist for the season.
The award is richly deserved, as Rossi has clearly been LAFC’s best player this season and the Golden Boot winner pretty much always gets in the Best XI, but he’s a star, now. This is no fluke, as every season he’s played he’s been great and improved tremendously.
Rossi was the only player voted to the Best XI from LAFC this year, although one former LAFC player, Walker Zimmerman, made it for the second straight year, and the now-Nashville SC player was voted MLS Defender of the Year. Gotta say, that trade away still doesn’t look great for LAFC, but because he won those honors, they get the full kicker for his trade and will get somewhere around $1.25 million in allocation money, so I guess that’s some consolation for losing the league’s best defender.
Here’s the official Best XI:
Goalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Diego Chará (Portland Timbers), Nicolás Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders FC), Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC)
Forwards: Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC)
Nevertheless, congratulations to Diego for picking up Best XI, and may good health, good play and many honors continue in your career.
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