Keegan Rosenberry earns MLS Fair Play Award

Keegan Rosenberry Union

by JACK HAZZARD

Philadelphia’s rookie defender earns his first professional accolade.

Major League Soccer has announced that Philadelphia Union right back Keegan Rosenberry has earned the 2016 individual MLS Fair Play Award.

The MLS Fair Play Award is given for sportsmanlike behavior, including factors such as cards received, fouls committed, and games and minutes played. Selected third overall in the most recent MLS SuperDraft, the 22-year-old Harrisburg native was the only field player in 2016 to participate in all 3,060 minutes of the regular season without receiving a single yellow card.

Seattle Sounders’ defender Chad Marshall and the New England Revolution’s Chris Tierney were among the finalists named for the award.

Appearing as a rookie in the 2016 MLS All-Star game, Rosenberry saw more minutes on the pitch than any other field player since 2013. The Georgetown alum committed the second lowest fouls conceded by any player who appeared in all 34 regular season games. Rosenberry ranked among the league’s top 20 in both interceptions (88) and tackles (78) as well.

Rosenberry is just the second player in Philidelphia Union history to earn this honor. Former midfielder Sebastien Le Toux previously won the award in 2010 and 2011.

This is not the only end-of-the-season award that Rosenberry is up for. Along with Jordan Morris and Jack Harrison, the Philidelphia Union defender is in contention for the AT&T Rookie of the Year award.