Best Of

Game of the Year

San Jose vs. LA Galaxy - June 30

From the epic 1994 World Cup quarterfinal between Sweden and Romania to the US national team and numerous MLS clashes, I’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing soccer at Stanford Stadium.

But this year’s clash between the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy on June 30 may have just topped them all. READ ON...

 

Quotes of the Year

“We’re setting a record of the worst team in the world, man, and it’s painful. What can I say more? It’s just the worst ever." - Toronto FC forward Danny Koevermans, May 19. READ ON...
 

Celebration of the Year

Sporting Kansas City's Irish jig - March 17

Picture a couple of 6-foot-plus leprechauns in full soccer kit, dancing away like performers in a St. Patrick's Day parade. Or just make it easy on your imagination and watch the video of 2012's Celebration of the Year, courtesy of Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong. READ ON...

 

Transaction of the Year

Boniek Garcia, Houston Dynamo

The Honduran attacker came to MLS on an undisclosed transfer from Honduran giants Olimpia in the middle of the year and transformed not only Houston’s season, but their identity as a team. Let’s face it: Prior to 2013, the Dynamo were a little bit predictable. After Boniek’s arrival, however, they became one of the most dynamic, flexible, possession-oriented teams in the league. READ ON...

 

 Breakout Player of the Year

Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City

He did it quietly, serving as the linchpin in a defense that yielded a league-low 27 goals. When fullbacks Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers went down the flanks on overlapping runs, or Best XI center back Aurelien Collin took off up the pitch to join the attack, Besler played the safety role. There are no stats for opposing attacks thwarted by solid positioning, but if there were, Besler would be at or near the top. READ ON...

 

Assist of the Year

Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls

The skill on display adds new dimension to the word “slick,” and the vision—watch him turn immediately to see if Ballouchy puts it away; he knew the Moroccan midfielder was there. READ ON...

 

Underrated Player of the Year

Dax McCarty, New York Red Bulls

How could a player with that kind of resume fly under the radar? Is it ignorance? Have we simply not been paying attention to the rise of one of MLS’ most-talented two-way midfielders? READ ON...

 

Controversy of the Year

Two players suspended for slurs

The issue at hand? Two league veterans caught red-handed using homophobic slurs during nationally-televised games, and the ensuing argument about how much we’re willing to tolerate from players using inappropriate language on the field of play. READ ON...

 

Supporters' Tifo of the Year

Sounders supporters go all in

The Emerald City Supporters’ ode to head coach Sigi Schmid, which also took the obligatory jab at the Timbers Army down the road, proved (again) how love and hate at the same time make a perfect moment in supporters’ culture. READ ON...

 

MLS Broadcaster Call of the Year

Jim Kozimor's animal instincts

Perhaps fittingly, it was one of the earliest “Goonie” goals that hooked Kozimor this year’s Broadcaster Call of the Year, one in which he really didn’t have time to think up something clever. READ ON...

 

American Export of the Year

Clint Dempsey

Along the way, he's had some great fun with us all watching. Dempsey hit hat tricks two weeks apart in January. Not long after yet another late equalizer against arch nemesis Chelsea, he was named Fulham Player of the Season for the second spring running. READ ON...

 

Gaffe of the Year

New York Red Bulls' PK meltdown

The infamous sequence began during Kenny Cooper’s 71st-minute penalty attempt, which he drove past United’s backup keeper, Joe Willis, to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the tense, do-or-die match. Make that an apparent 1-0 lead. READ ON...

 

Fantastic Finish of the Year

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose - May 23

The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes played five classic encounters this year, four of them absolute thrillers (with San Jose rallying from behind for two wins and a draw) followed by a stunning blowout in the playoffs.But the best of the bunch featured a finish for the ages. READ ON...

 

Story of the Year

Bye, bye Beckham

Sometime in the late afternoon on the East Coast on November 19, Beckham’s handlers pressed the button that effectively ended the superstar’s five-year MLS career with one unceremonious and somewhat ominous email. What followed was a mad dash for some sort of explanation and any semblance of insight into what exactly was happening out in Los Angeles and, more specifically, inside Beckham’s brain. READ ON ...

 

Moment of the Year

Sporting Kansas City win the U.S. Open Cup

It should come as no surprise, then, that the US Open Cup final between Kansas City and Seattle is 2012’s Moment of the Year. Via an online vote, the fans made their voices heard, just as they did on August 10 at Livestrong Sporting Park in a memorable final that ended the Sounders’ hopes for a four-peat and allowed Sporting KC to paint the wall for the first time under their new moniker. READ ON...

 

 

MLS Breakout Player of 2013

Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union

In his third pro season in 2012, Jack Mac showed why his potential is becoming more and more his reality. Still only 20, he is now the centerpiece of a young, up-and-coming Union side that is ready to do big things. "But it could be the springboard to being a very special forward in this league," says ESPN's Taylor Twellman. READ ON...

 

Stories of 2013

Which story are you watching?

The final installment of our series is a look at the biggest storyines of 2013, and each of our editors has a different take. Check out the video and let us know what you think the biggest storyline of 2013 will be in the poll. READ ON...