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Chicago's Austin Berry named MLS Rookie of the Year

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Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry has been named Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year award after a stellar season that included 28 consecutive starts at the heart of a defense that allowed only 41 goals over the course of the season.

Berry, out of the University of Louisville, garnered 51.79 percent of the club votes along with 56.92 percent of the media votes and 31.96 percent of the player votes, allowing him to easily top D.C. United's Nick DeLeon for the award.

The league also announced the winners of the 2012 Xbox Individual and Team Fair Play awards.

Chicago was once again well represented, with midfielder Logan Pause winning the individual award. In 2,424 minutes this season Pause committed only 11 fouls and picked up no bookings.

The New England Revolution won the team award for Fair Play after finishing the season with the second-lowest number of fouls committed, the third-lowest number of yellow cards and the second-lowest red card total in the league with just two. Additionally, the Revs had no players serve suspensions for yellow card accumulation throughout the year.

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