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US, Canada rise in year-end FIFA rankings...as does Haiti

2012 FIFA RANKINGS
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USMNT's Jurgen Klinsmann in Mexico City

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Say what you will about FIFA rankings — and we're sure you will have plenty to say — but they do give us a way to measure national teams when head-to-head competition isn't available.

If the just-released year-end 2012 rankings are any indication, the Jurgen Klinsmann revolution is starting to pay dividends, as the US rose six spots, as compared with last year, to finish at No. 28. 

Opta Spotlight: Why re-signing Morales is crucial for RSL

Re-signing Morales crucial for RSL
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Morales, Opta

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MLSsoccer.com continues to take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 17-11-6 (57 points); 46 GF / 35 GA (+11 GD)

2012 Real Salt Lake statistics

Central Winger: These guys take "team first" to a new level

Stats uncover the ultimate "unselfish" players in MLS
Taking "team first" to a new level
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Earlier this season, I proposed an advanced soccer metric called the secondary-pass completion rate. What this measures is the likelihood that a particular player's completed pass would result in a subsequent completed pass. Since I initially presented this precursory measurement, I have made some significant adjustments and now feel comfortable claiming that it's a much better method of evaluating passing effectiveness than overall pass-completion rate.

Opta Spotlight: McDonald adds name to list of MLS elite

McDonald among elite MLS defenders
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Brandon McDonald, Opta

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MLSsoccer.com continues to take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 17-10-7 (58 points); 53 GF / 43 GA (+10 GD)

2012 D.C. United statistics

Opta Spotlight: Keane was MLS' best forward ... after Euros

Keane MLS' best FWD ... after Euros
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Opta Keane

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MLSsoccer.com continues to take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 16-12-6 (54 points); 59 GF / 47 GA (+12 GD)

2012 LA Galaxy statistics

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Les bilans de l’année club par club se poursuivent à la vitesse de l’éclair, alors il est à nouveau temps de vous en offrir quelques résumés.

Opta Spotlight: If healthy, Rosales is MLS' top playmaker

Healthy Rosales is MLS' top playmaker
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Opta Spotlight, Rosales

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MLSsoccer.com continues to take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 15-8-11 (56 points); 51 GF / 33 GA (+18 GD)

2012 Seattle Sounders statistics

Opta Spotlight: Johnson steps up as responsibilities grow

Sean John steps up under pressure
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Sean Johnson, Opta

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Over the next three weeks, MLSsoccer.com will take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 17-11-6 (57 points); 46 GF / 41 GA (+5 GD)

2012 Chicago Fire statistics

Opta Spotlight: Is Bruin MLS' next great goalscorer?

Is Bruin MLS' next great goalscorer?
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Will Bruin, Opta

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Over the next three weeks, MLSsoccer.com will take a look back at the 2012 season that was for all 19 clubs in Major League Soccer, starting with Toronto FC and ending with the Supporters' Shield-winning San Jose Earthquakes. You can find the schedule and comprehensive reviews for each team here.

2012 record: 14-9-11 (53 points); 48 GF / 41 GA (+7 GD)

2012 Houston Dynamo statistics

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