Top Stories of 2012, Part One
One of the questions we asked you in our end of the year polling was what were the Top Stories of 2012 in soccer. We begin the countdown with your first four nominations.
#7: The US Men’s National Team Beats Italy in Italy
Your model for why American soccer is awesome, Clint Dempsey, becomes only the fourth player to score against Italy for a 1-0 first-time victory over Italy.
#6: Sporting KC Breaks the Seattle Sounders’ US Open Cup Streak
A penalty kick shootout at Livestrong Sporting Park led to Sporting Kansas City putting a damper on Seattle’s hoped-for fourpeat in the US Open Cup
#5: Eddie Johnson’s Comeback Season
Johnson was the MLS Comeback Player of the Year named yesterday, and his season earned him a nomination from you for story of the year.
#4: Chris Wondolowski’s Record Season
He’s the 2012 MLS Golden Boot winner tying Roy Lassiter’s single-season scoring record, but Chris Wondolowski also became the Earthquakes all-time leading scorer, record holder for goals and assists in a season, and top scorer over a three-season period.
How will the top three stories shake out? Stay tuned later today for the rest of the countdown.