Ally of the Year

The Winner of Ally of the Year 2012 Is…


End of the Season Awards AlliesIt’s time to announce what is the most significant award of them all, whom you have chosen as 2012′s Ally of the Year in North American soccer.

This one is very tough for me. You sent in so many deserving nominees and if left to my own devices there would have been no way I could have picked a winner among them. They have marched for marriage equality, produced groundbreaking videos, and stood in line for hours to be photographed with duct tape on their mouths. And personally, there are people on this list whom I have come to know as friends. Thank you all so much for your support throughout the year.

The nominees are:

  • Brian Dunseth & Chris Wingert
  • Mike Chabala, Ben Olsen & Chris Pontius
  • The Chicago Fire
  • Jimmy Conrad
  • Mike Boxall, Jay DeMerit & Jordan Harvey
  • Kyle Martino
  • Amobi Okugo
  • AJ Soares
  • The Timbers Army
  • The You Can Play Project

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Top Stories of 2012, Part Two


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.

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Top Stories of 2012 Wondo

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.

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Soccer is Awesome 2012

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


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…


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

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Cutest Couple 2012

The Winners of Cutest Couple of 2012 Are…


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…


Buddy Cop 2012

The Winners of Best Buddy Cop Pairing of 2012 Are…


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…


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…


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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conrad politician

The Most Likely to Become a Politician 2012 Is…


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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