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No doubt now that MLS Rookie of the Year award is headed to Colorado

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So much of the Rookie of the Year spotlight has shined in the direction of two Colorado Rapids men this year, forward Deshorn Brown and midfielder Dillon Powers. They have been foremost candidates since last spring.

Oh, some others have tried to elbow their way into the conversation, maybe a shout for Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin here, or a little burst for New England’s Andrew Farrell there. But they have been mere little brushfires, while Brown and Powers have been the big fire sucking all the ROY oxygen from the room.

So let’s mark down Saturday, in a nationally televised match against the Supporters Shield frontrunners, as the night Brown and Powers officially and completely cut loose from the rest of the field.

Brown (pictured, on the left) hit two goals in the Rapids’ early destruction of Seattle, shocking in its lopsidedness over the first 45 minutes (a 4-0 Rapids margin). He has nine goals this year – just two off of Damani Ralph’s MLS rookie record of 11 goals for Chicago back in 2003.

Establishing a rookie record for goals (or even getting within, say, a goal of it) would almost certainly earn Brown the Rookie of the Year award. If it didn’t, it will be because it went to the Jamaican striker’s teammate, Powers.

Powers has five goals and five assists. While the stats are not as showy, consider that he isn’t just a midfielder, but spent much of the year as a defensively oriented, holding midfielder. And Powers is keeping a far more experienced, far higher salaried Martin Rivero out of the Rapids starting lineup.

Either way, Major League Soccer may as well save some postage and ship that thing off to Denver. (All MLS awards are announced during MLS Cup week, the first week in December.)

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.