Russell Canouse for DC United MVP? | Audi Player Index

"Luciano Acosta and Wayne Rooney are deservedly drawing plenty of headlines, but the pair of high-profile attackers aren’t the only players powering D.C. United’s second-half surge.

Holding midfielder Russell Canouse, who, like Rooney, made his season debut in a substitute appearance on July 14, has added plenty to the Black-and-Red since he returned from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the first four months of the season. The 23-year-old has looked good in his [20] league appearances, helping shore up D.C.’s defense as Rooney and Acosta have injected life into the attack."

- Sam Stejskal

If D.C. United hope to continue their stellar form at Audi Field, they'll need Canouse to be the steady rock behind their high-powered offense. Don't miss the Knockout Round of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday as D.C. United face off against Columbus Crew SC (8:00 pm ET | FS1, UniMás, TSN3, TVAS).

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