Former Louisville stand out defender, Austin Berry, won the MLS Rookie Of The Year Award on Monday morning. Berry was drafted 9th overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2012 SuperDraft. He helped get the Fire to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
At the University of Louisville, Berry was 2010 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and two time All-Big East Conference First Team in 2010 and 2011.
Berry did not make his MLS debut until the seventh game of the season where he scored his first career goal. Since that start, Berry started every game of the rest of the season. He contributed three goals and helped pitch 14 shut outs during the regular season.
Berry beat out former Louisville teammate, Nick DeLeon, who finished second in the voting.
DeLeon was drafted 7th overall by D.C. United. He made his MLS debut in the second game of the season where he also scored his first goal.
DeLeon scored six goals and had four assists in the 2012 regular season. He helped bring United deep into the playoffs. The rookie started all four games in the postseason and contributed two goals.
Congratulations to Austin and Nick, continue to make Cards Nation proud.