Best Of

MLSsoccer.com's annual "Best Of" series expanded bigger than ever in 2012. We polled 20 of our editors, video producers, contributors and statistics specialists in 17 different categories this year to come up with the most comprehensive edition of the series' three-year history. Listed below are the panelists we polled this year. Prepare your criticisms accordingly.

Panelist Position Comment

Greg Lalas

Editor-in-Chief

Greg is the face of MLSsoccer.com's weekly video series Anatomy of a Goal and a regular on ExtraTime Radio and The Daily. He voted for Danny Califf's trade out of Philadelphia as the Transaction of the Year.

Jonah Freedman

Managing Editor

Jonah is the host of the March to the Match podcast and the author of "The Throw-In" weekly column, appearing every Thursday. He voted for Houston's Will Bruin as the Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Simon Borg

Senior Editor

Simon is the voice of the Instant Replay video series and a regular on ExtraTime Radio, as well as a regular author of "The Kick Off." He voted for Sporting KC's US Open Cup title as the Controversy of the Year.

Nick Firchau

Senior Editor

Nick is the host of ExtraTime Radio and a regular on The Daily, as well as a a regular author of "The Kick Off." He voted for Vancouver's Davide Chiumiento for Assist of the Year.

Matthew Doyle

Armchair Analyst

Matt is the author of the "Armchair Analyst" column appearing every Friday and the man behind the comments on the weekly MLS Power Rankings. He voted for Sacha Kljestan as the American Export of the Year.

Andrew Wiebe

New Media Editor

Andrew creates the weekly "Rookie Rankings" column and the "OPTA Spotlight," and is a regular on ExtraTime Radio. He voted for Thierry Henry for Assist of the Year.

Nick Rosano

New Media Editor

Nick is a regular on the Last Call video series every Friday during the regular season and has appeared on the March to the Match podcast. He voted for Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran for Gaffe of the Year.

Kristel Valencia

Editor,
FutbolMLS.com

Kristel is the voice of the Spanish language podcast Tiro Libre and runs FutbolMLs.com. She voted for David Beckham's departure as the Story of the Year.

Jason Saghini

Director of Video

Jason is a regular on The Daily and runs the video department at MLSsoccer.com. He voted for San Jose's Victor Bernardez as the Transaction of the Year.

Scott Riddell

Senior Video Editor

Scott is the man behind the Matchday 360 series on MLSsoccer.com as well as the Taking the Lead series on MLS captains. He voted for San Jose's win over LA at Stanford Stadium as the Game of the Year.

Dan Haiek

Video Producer

Dan is the producer of the Last Call, Weekend Wrap and Scouting Report video series, and the producer of the ExtraTime Radio podcast. He voted for the Union's Michael Farfan as the Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Jon Bettin

Video Producer

Jon is the producer of the Anatomy of a Goal and Instant Replay series, among others. He voted for Peter Nowak's firing in Philadelphia as the Controversy of the Year.

Josh Whisenhunt

MLS Insider

Josh is the voice of the MLS Insider on Twitter and helps run the MLS Facebook page. He voted for the Union's Amobi Okugo as the Underrated Player of the Year.

Charlie Boehm

Contributor

Charlie covers the US national team for the site and writes the "Starting XI" feature every Friday. He voted for Portland's Bright Dike as the Breakthrough Player of 2013.

Joe Prince-Wright

Contributor

Joe is a regular contributor to "The Kick Off," a writer for The Guardian and a professional soccer player for Arbroath in the Scottish Second Division. He voted for D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario for Assist of the Year.

John Bolster

Contributor

John is the creator of "The Monday Postgame" on MLSsoccer.com and a features editor for Penthouse Magazine. He voted for San Jose's Victor Bernardez as the Transaction of the Year.

Nate Sulat

Contributor

Nate is a former MLSsoccer.com intern and a regular host for live chats during game days. He voted for the Crew's Andy Gruenebaum as the Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Sal Cipriano

Contributor

Sal is a regular host of live chats during game days on MLSsoccer.com and a lettering supervisor for DC Comics. He voted for Michael Bradley for American Export of the Year.

Oren Pollak

Operations, OPTA Sports

Oren oversees a staff of OPTA statisticians covering MLS, Liga MX and prominent international games. He voted for Sporting KC's slow-motion dance as the Celebration of the Year.

Todd Kingston

Editor, OPTA Sports

Todd is a regular contributor to the "OPTA Spotlight" column and he let Firchau borrow his mom's car at Thanksgiving. He voted for Jesse Marsch's departure from Montreal as the Controversy of the Year.

Ben Jata

Fantasy Expert, OPTA Sports

Ben is the author of the "Fantasy Fixes" column on MLSsoccer.com during the regular season and playoffs. He voted for Toronto's Luis Silva as the Breakout Player of 2013.