Handicapping 2012 Rookie of the Year race

Luis Silva (By Tony Mastres)
Luis Silva (By Tony Mastres)

Article Written By Travis Clark, ESNN

Making the adjustment from college soccer to MLS is no small task.

And over the past two months, pro hopefuls have been battling and working hard in order to impress coaching staff. For some, it's a matter of earning a contract, while others are hoping to earn playing time in their new home.

With the season set to kick off on March 10, TopDrawerSoccer.com is here to breakdown how we think some of the college stars of last fall will do in the pro ranks, setting the odds for the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year race:

MF Luis Silva, Toronto FC - 5/2

Silva looks pretty comfortable in his attacking role with the Reds so far this preseason. Picking up goals in a few games already, Silva has shown the ability to flourish outside the UCSB style of play. 

Despite the charming smile you see on the field, Silva showed he is a ruthless finisher in college and should challenge for top goals scored among rookies, if he continues to find time in the TFC midfield.

If he leads TFC anywhere close to the playoffs, he deserves Rookie of the Year honors and a statue outside BMO Field.

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