Ryan Meara - Rookie Rankings
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Rookie Rankings: RBNY's Meara holding tight at No. 1

Each week during the 2012 season, MLSsoccer.com's editors will cast their votes for the frontrunners, contenders and dark horses for MLS Rookie of the Year. By way of a virtuoso rookie campaign, Sporting Kansas City's C.J. Sapong took home the award in 2011, leaving a new crop of rookies to fight for the top honor handed out to first-year pros in Major League Soccer.

Ryan Meara hasn't posted a shutout in two weeks, but he keeps posting wins. That's good enough to keep the New York Red Bulls netminder in the top spot after a week that saw a series of stalemates across the league.

While Meara has been Mr. Consistent, early-season hotshot Nick DeLeon has finally started to see his stock slide after missing multiple games with a hamstring injury. The tricky flanker hasn't featured for D.C. United for several weeks, but the Black-and-Red have kept on winning, taking home full honors in three of their last four outings.

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Ryan Meara

The Red Bulls went from one of the league's leakiest sides to a team that's played largely lock-down defense over the past five matchdays. Meara's ability to come off his line and snuff out attacks before they become dangerous has played a big part in that, and RBNY are atop the Eastern Conference as a result.



Tony Cascio

Cascio didn't get on the score sheet in either of Colorado's contests last week, but he continues to be a threat almost every time he sets foot on the pitch. The youngster went 90 minutes midweek in the 2-0 loss to D.C. and then 89 in the Rapids' impressive 2-2 fightback against Sporting, and he was busy throughout.



Nick DeLeon

D.C.'s Ben Olsen has been careful with his prized rookie, giving him plenty of time to recover from a hamstring strain. As a result, DeLeon watched a pair of multi-goal wins in street clothes, and saw guys he's competing with for playing time – Danny Cruz and Branko Boskovic – excel in his absence.



Austin Berry

Berry got his first chance at the "Shoebox", as teammate Dan Gargan termed Portland's JELD-WEN Field, and the Fire didn't come out smelling of roses. The entire backline struggled to contain the Timbers' aerial corps, and Berry was no different in that regard. A good lesson for the rookie, but a painful loss.



Raymon Gaddis

For a team that seems to eschew consistency and lineup cohesion, Gaddis certainly has adjusted well. The fleet-footed fullback put in a serious shift in the Union's trip to Frisco, working 90 solid minutes up and down the left flank.

Also receiving votes: Connor Lade, Sam Garza, Darren Mattocks


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