Los Angeles Football Club’s Diego Rossi was named MLS Young Player of the Year, the league announced Monday.

This is the first year the Young Player of the Year award has been awarded by Major League Soccer. The award is designed for the top player in the league 22 years or younger.

Rossi, 22, won the Golden Boot, leading the league with 14 goals, making him the youngest player in the league to receive the honor. He also had four assists in 19 games this season. In three seasons in MLS, Rossi has scored 42 goals in 85 games. He joined LAFC from Penarol in Uruguay in 2017.

Rossi finished with 29.1 percent of the total vote, narrowly edging Philadelphia Union’s Brenden Aaronson (28.87 percent.).

Aaronson won the vote from the players (29 percent to 21.16) and the club vote (37.72 percent to 30.70). Rossi prevailed thanks to a sizable win of the media vote (35.44 percent to 19.89).

Rossi is also a finalist for the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award.

Teammate Bradley Wright-Phillips was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year last Friday.

LAFC will start the MLS Cup Playoffs, Nov. 24 on the road at the Seattle Sounders.



By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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