Game of the Year

Monterrey vs. Real Salt Lake

“Welcome to your grave.” Those were the supposedly intimidating words of an English-speaking Monterrey fan hovering outside the parking lot gate where the Real Salt Lake team bus and the media caravan – a few taxis behind the police escort – entered the Estadio Tecnológico. READ ON...

 

Breakout MLS Player of 2011

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

Anyone who says they saw Graham Zusi’s breakout season coming in 2011 is either a liar or their last name is almost certainly Zusi or Vermes. Not that Zusi’s previous MLS anonymity matters much now. READ ON...

 

Transaction of the Year

Mauro Rosales, Seattle Sounders

Although it took Rosales a few games to get fit, the move paid off nearly from the beginning for the Sounders. Taking over the right wing position – a spot in flux after Freddie Ljungberg’s departure midway through 2010 – Rosales reveled in the role of playmaker, dishing out three assists in his first four starts. READ ON...

 

Assist of the Year

Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United

You know what would make an appropriate soundtrack for the clip of Dwayne De Rosario’s lethal through ball to Andy Najar in the 14th minute of DC United’s 4-1 romp over the Real Salt Lake on Sept 24? READ ON...

 

USMNT of the Year

Tim Howard

But through all of the change, the tough talk, the hard-fought victories and the demoralizing defeats, there’s been one thing fans could always count on: Tim Howard will deliver between the sticks. READ ON...

 

Controversy of the Year

Brian Mullan's suspension

“Sifting through the tens of thousands of words that have been spoken and written about Brian Mullan over the past week or so, two conclusions are inescapable,” Graham Jones wrote in the Los Angeles Times on April 30, eight days after Mullan snapped the leg of Seattle Sounders star Steve Zakuani with a rash tackle. “The first is that Mullan is not the devil that he is being made out to be. The second is that he should retire right now from Major League Soccer.” READ ON...

 

Celebration of the Year

Roger Levesque's big splash

We’ve all seen players go overboard with goal celebrations.

Heck, Iceland’s Stjarnan have made it into an art form --and viral video sensation-- recently. But it wasn’t until the Sounders’ mustached menace Roger Levesque went all Jacques Cousteau after scoring against New York back in June was it ever so literal.

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MLS Broadcast of the Year

John Strong, Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers broadcaster John Strong is just thankful Darlington Nagbe went for that second juggle.

The Timbers’ rookie winger was about to score the Goal of the Year in Major League Soccer, collecting a partial clearance at the top of the box with a juggling touch—and then another….

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American Export of the Year

Clint Dempsey, Fulham

If there was any doubt about who should claim this honor at the start of December, record-setting Fulham star Clint Dempsey erased it with a big finish. READ ON...

 

Underrated Player of the Year

Dan Kennedy, Chivas USA

Not that Chivas USA stunk in 2011. They didn't make the playoffs, but they certainly didn't stink. And perhaps the biggest reason for that was the heroic play of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. READ ON...

 

Gaffe of the Year

Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls

For Red Bulls fans, no doubt it unfolded in slow motion. The crowd felt it: The goal was coming. It was surely coming. Eventually, New York would put one of those passes on a platter. READ ON...

 

Fantastic Finish

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

Chicago’s miraculous stoppage-time comeback against D.C. United in mid-October was not only as astonishing as the other finishes here, but it was also a more crucial result, as it kept the Fire’s faint playoff hopes flickering for one more week of the MLS season. READ ON...

 

Story of the Year

LA Galaxy Win MLS Cup

It took four-and-a-half years, but David Beckham and the LA Galaxy finally got the perfect, Hollywood ending that had seemed like it would never come. READ ON...

 

Moment of the Year

Kasey Keller's Tribute Game

The love on display for Kasey Keller’s regular-season Seattle Sounders farewell at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 wasn’t just the third-biggest standalone crowd ever to see an MLS game, it was also the runaway winner for the 2011 Moment of the Year as voted on by fans. READ ON...

 

USMNT Breakout Player of 2012

Brek Shea, FC Dallas

Brek Shea accomplished so much as a dynamic, attacking winger in 2011, it’s easy to forget he began the season playing center back. READ ON...

 

MLS Breakout Player of 2012

Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake

The little midfielder has been on everyone’s radar since he was about 13 years old, and in 2011 he showed why. At just age 17, he became a regular for Real Salt Lake, and while his numbers weren’t huge – two goals in 25 appearances – the first touch, the tactical awareness, the willingness to play first-time passes through the middle, and his commitment to playing both sides of the ball all screamed “future star.” READ ON...