DeAndre Yedlin and Lamar Neagle are both finalists for 2013 awards, the MLS announced on Wednesday.
Yedlin was nominated as one of three AT&T Rookie of the Year award finalists, and Neagle was one of three Comeback Player of the Year award finalists. The Rookie of the Year will be announced on Nov. 25 and the Comeback Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 2.
Yedlin is going up against Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown of the Colorado Rapids. Powers was selected by the Rapids with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, and played almost 2500 minutes, logging five goals and six assists in the process. Brown was selected by the Rapids with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He has 10 goals and four assists on the season. Of the three, Yedlin saw the most time on the pitch and started the most games.
Neagle is going up against Conor Casey of the Philadelphia Union and Kevin Alston of the New England Revolution. Casey was hampered by an achilles injury in 2012, but was back in full form with the Union after six seasons with the Rapids. He finished with 10 goals and five assists, starting 25 games and logging 2,201 minutes. Alston's comeback was a powerful one, as the defender was diagnosed with a rare form of leukiemia earlier this year. He missed most of the MLS season, but came back at the end of July after doctors gave the OK.
The finalists are chosen by polling three different voting groups: current MLS players, various employees of MLS clubs and media members who regularly covered the MLS in 2013.
A full list of all awards finalists can be viewed here.