24 Under 24 (2012): #24 Andy Rose (IMAGE)
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24 Under 24: #24 Andy Rose, Seattle Sounders

24. Andy Rose

Pos: M | Seattle Sounders | Age: 22

The Sounders rookie earned his way on this list, rarely putting a foot wrong and showing personality in his 18 league matches in Seattle colors. This ranking must especially rankle Real Salt Lake, who traded Rose the day after picking him up at No. 6 in the 2012 Supplemental Draft (Note: RSL traded for the rights to Leone Cruz, who is currently not on an MLS roster). And with just a handful of matches remaining in 2012, the two-way midfielder has proven to be the steal of the Supplemental Draft alongside Antoine Hoppenot (taken at No. 51 by Philadelphia).

What TDs and coaches like: "A hard-working midfielder, keeps the game simple ... He’s competent on the ball ... As skinny as he is, he covers a lot of ground ... I wasn't sure where he would play in the league, positionally. But I think he's proven that if you have a soccer brain and an IQ, you can settle in with the right group, and I think he's done that in Seattle ... A great person and a hard worker. He's a leader, he loves what he does, he brings his lunch bucket every day. He's a great example of hard work paying off ... Unsung hero. He does much of the dirty work for the rest of the players. His ability to break plays down, his abilities to win a lot of balls, and his ability to do so much running for the team, you appreciate a lot ... He’s the kind of guys teammates appreciate and want around."

Where TDs and coaches want improvement: "In that position, it’s important to keep getting tactically better, physically to get stronger. Technically, as he’s on the ball more from a deep spot, to organize and be in the deep spot, to be able to be on the ball more and become more of a guy that’s going to want the ball more and take more of a role in that way ... His long-range passing is good but maybe in tight spaces he has to do better. He needs to read the game better. He goes forward a little too much ... He needs to make improvements on the defensive side. He’s good in the air because of his size, but he needs to read the game better to move the ball out. If he can elevate his game there he can have a long career."

Opta Says: Only one player under 24 with less than 1,000 minutes played has more interceptions than Andy Rose’s 29 during the 2012 MLS season. (Raymon Gaddis -- 32).

Tale of the Tape
Last Year in 24U24: N/A
Fan Ranking: #25
Castrol Index (as of 9/10/12): #111

2012 Stats
Matches played: 18
Matches started: 9
Goals: 1
Assists: 1

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