We conclude our look at your picks for the top stories of 2012 in American soccer with the countdown of the top three.

If you missed the previous four, the countdown looks like this so far:

  • #7: USMNT Beats Italy in Italy
  • #6: Sporting KC Breaks Seattle’s US Open Cup Streak
  • #5: Eddie Johnson’s Comeback Season
  • #4: Chris Wondolowski’s Record Season

Time to conclude with the top three:

#3: The US Women’s National Team Repeats Olympic Gold

It was a threepeat for the women of the USA at the London 2012 Olympics, and in the five times a women’s soccer tournament has been played at the Olympics, America has won four gold and one silver.


#2: The US Men’s National Team Beats Mexico in Mexico

Until August, the Azteca was a seemingly impenetrable fortress for the US Men’s National Team, but a late goal from Michael Orozco Fiscal put America over the top for an historic win.

#1: Megan Rapinoe Comes Out

Megan Rapinoe coming out publicly to Out Magazine is your top story of the year! Her making this move — and talking about how coming out has improved her play — is a huge step for LGBT athletics. Rapinoe just sat down for an interview for the newest ESPN the Magazine and she reflects on her decision.

Thank you all for sharing all these moments with us throughout the year!

Top stories of 2012

(NBCSN/IOC)