First Season in Major League Soccer is a Memorable One for Sean Franklin

Nov. 7, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Former Matador Sean Franklin was named as a finalist for Major League Soccer's Gatorade Rookie of the Year award.

The finalists earned the most votes in the polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches, referees and members of the media.

Selected with the #4 pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, Franklin led all rookies in games played (27), games started (26), and minutes played (2,385) as a defender for the Galaxy this past season.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron and New England Revolution forward Kheli Dube are the other finalists for the Gatorade Rookie of the Year award, which will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The announcement is just the latest accolade for Franklin in what was already a successful rookie season.

Having already been voted as the Galaxy's Defender of the Year by his teammates, the 23 year-old from Palmdale, California, was also named to the United State's U-23 Men's National Roster.

Franklin was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Northridge teams that advanced to the First Round and Third Round respectively in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.

During his four years as a Matador, Franklin started in all 67 games that he participated in, scored two goals, earned 12 assists, and collected 16 points.