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Sophomore Excitement: Rosenberry looks to add to success in 2017

2016 was quite a year for rookie Keegan Rosenberry. A defender coming out of Georgetown University, Rosenberry flew under the radar of some in the league. Selected third overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, many were unsure of how Rosenberry would perform in the big leagues – but after over 3,000 minutes played and an All-Star nod, Rosenberry was able to conquer 2016 and looks to do the same next season.

“Looking back on 2016, I was very pleased with what we were able to accomplish as a team and for myself individually,” the defender recalls. “With that success comes a difficult task in trying to better ourselves in every aspect in the year ahead.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Rosenberry sees the 2017 season as an opportunity for both himself and the team to push for bigger accomplishments. This season the team saw postseason for the first time in five seasons only to lose to Toronto in the first round. For Rosenberry, he wants to see the Union advance further in MLS Cup Playoffs in 2017. In addition to making a bigger push in the playoffs, Rosenberry wants the team to make a longer run in U.S. Open Cup play as well. This year the Union lost in penalty kicks of their quarterfinal matchup against the New England Revolution.

Rosenberry collected a variety of honors and accolades throughout his rookie season. From being an MLS All-Star, to being named to MLS Team of the Week, and even winning MLS Individual Fair Play award at the end of the season. But there is one thing he’s striving for next season – making MLS Best XI team and making 2017, as a whole, a more accomplished year for everyone involved.

“I am most looking forward to building on what we achieved in 2016. It was a special year for the team, and I can't wait to get everyone back together to make 2017 even better.”

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