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Top Stories of 2012, Part One

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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.

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Soccer is Awesome 2012

The Winner of Best Poster Model for American Soccer is Awesome Is…

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When you’re trying to sell friends on soccer, who do you use an example of why it’s so great? Here’s who you said is your Poster Model for “American Soccer is Awesome.”

All of the great nominees do a great job of this, congratulations!

  • Jimmy Conrad
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Steven Lenhart
  • Lee Nguyen
  • Heath Pearce
  • Chris Pontius
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Abby Wambach
  • Chris Wondolowski

But the winner of the Best Poster Model for “American Soccer is Awesome” is…

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The Winner of Most Likely to Change the World 2012 Is…

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One of the great things about soccer in America is the constant effort to use the sport to do good. Today we honor your pick for Most Likely to Change the World.

Your nominees, who are all to be congratulated for their great off-the-field work, are:

  • Jeb Brovsky
  • Landon Donovan
  • Mike Lahoud
  • Alex Morgan
  • Darlington Nagbe
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Chris Seitz
  • Taylor Twellman

But the winner of Most Likely to Change the World for 2012 is…
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Cutest Couple 2012

The Winners of Cutest Couple of 2012 Are…

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The Cutest Couple award is a staple of high school yearbooks’ senior superlatives, and it’s now time to reveal your pick for this honor in soccer.

The nominated couples are Jay DeMerit & Ashleigh McIvor, Stu Holden & Karalyn West, Kyle Martino & Eva Amurri Martino, and Megan Rapinoe & Sarah Walsh. Congratulations to all the nominees.

But the winners of the Cutest Couple of 2012 are…

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Buddy Cop 2012

The Winners of Best Buddy Cop Pairing of 2012 Are…

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Tango and Cash, Riggs and Murtaugh, Turner and Hooch. What soccer pairing will follow in their footsteps as your pick for Most Likely to Star in a Buddy Cop Movie?

Congratulations to all of the nominated pairs: Kevin Alston & Darrius Barnes, Ryan Jay Bailey & Jimmy Conrad,┬áDavide Chumiento & Eric Hassli, Jason Davis & Jared DuBois, Alan Gordon & Steven Lenhart, Tobin Heath & Kelley O’Hara, Alexi Lalas & Taylor Twellman, Lori Lindsey & Megan Rapinoe, Dax McCarty & Heath Pearce, Eddie Johnson & Fredy Montero.

But the winners of Most Likely to Star in a Buddy Cop Movie 2012 are…

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Most Likely to Succeed 2012

The Winner of Most Likely to Succeed 2012 Is…

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Major League Soccer may have just awarded their Rookie of the Year prize, but the honor we are bestowing to soccer’s next generation is Most Likely to Succeed.

You nominated Chicago’s Austin Berry, DC’s Nick DeLeon, Philadelphia’s Ray Gaddis, Dallas’ Matt Hedges, Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks, and New York’s Ryan Meara. Immensely deserving nominations all around, and they are all to be congratulated for great rookie seasons.

But the winner of the Most Likely to Succeed of 2012 is…

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MLS 36 2012

The Winner of Player You’d Most Like to See on MLS 36 Is…

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It’s time to get voyeuristic with the player you would most like to see filmed for a day on the NBC Sports program MLS 36.

Congratulations to the nominees Mike Chabala, Aurelien Colin, Jay DeMerit, Landon Donovan, Diego Fagundez, Benny Feilhaber, Thierry Henry, Megan Rapinoe, Alain Rochat, and Brek Shea.

But the winner of the Player You Would Most Like to See on MLS 36 is…

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The Most Likely to Become a Politician 2012 Is…

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The 2012 Presidential Election is now a fortnight behind us, but today we reveal who you think is the most likely to have a second career as a politician.

The candidates are Joe Cannon, Mike Chabala, Jimmy Conrad, Jay DeMerit, Peter Nowak, Heath Pearce, Hope Solo, Taylor Twellman and Eric Wynalda. Congratulations on your campaigns.

But the Most Likely to Become a Politician of 2012 is…

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The Most Likely to Be a Reality Show Contestant 2012 Is…

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In the past year or so we’ve had soccer players on Dancing With the Stars and The Amazing Race. But who is Most Likely to Be a Reality Show Contestant this offseason?

Congratulations to the contestants, er nominees: Jay DeMerit, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Lori Lindsey, Dax McCarty, Alex Morgan, Lance Parker, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, and Hope Solo.

But the winner of the Most Likely to Be a Reality Show Contestant 2012 is…

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Best Hair 2012

The Best Hair of 2012 Winner is…

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You nominated a bald head, long hair, short hair, and mullets. But which of them is your pick for the Best Hair of 2012?

Congratulations to the fantastic follicles of Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Jake Gleeson, Herculez Gomez, Sacha Kljestan, Steven Lenhart, Carmelina Moscato, Megan Rapinoe, Chris Rolfe, and Brek Shea.

But the winner of the Best Hair of 2012 is…

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