SBI's 2011 MLS Best XI

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The 2011 Major League Soccer season was arguably the best in league history, from both a competition and entertainment standpoint, and as a result, it made for some tough calls when deciding on the league's Best XI.

MLS commissioner Don Garber will announce the league's official Best XI later today, but based on the voting of the SBI editorial staff (Ives Galarcep, Avi Creditor, Adam Serrano, Mike Nastri, Jose Romero, Thomas Floyd, Joey Samuel), we came up with a first, second and third team to honor those who put forth standout performances this season.

Four players were unanimous selections to SBI's Best XI, and three players were repeat selections from our 2010 SBI MLS Best XI.

Now, without further ado, here is SBI's 2011 MLS Best XI:  


FIRST TEAM (*=2010 Best XI)

GK- Kasey Keller, Seattle Sounders 

*D- Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy (Unanimous)

D- Todd Dunivant, Los Angeles Galaxy

D- George John, FC Dallas

M- Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo (Unanimous)

M- Brek Shea, FC Dallas (Unanimous)

M- Mauro Rosales, Seattle Sounders

M- Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders

M- David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy

*F – Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United (Unanimous)

*F – Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes


GK- Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake

D- Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake

D- Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake

D- Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew

M- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy

M- Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union

M- Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake

M- Joel Lindpere, New York Red Bulls

M- Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

F- Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls

F- Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders


GK- Faryd Mondragon, Philadelphia Union

D- Sheanon Williams, Philadelphia Union

D- Carlos Valdes, Philadelphia Union

D- Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City

M- Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers

M- Nick LaBrocca, Chivas USA

M- Marco Pappa, Chicago Fire

M- Jeff Larentowicz, Colorado Rapids

M- Geoff Cameron, Houston Dynamo

F- Dominic Oduro, Chicago Fire

F- Andres Mendoza, Columbus Crew


What do you think of SBI's Best XI? Who didn't make the cut that you would have included? Is there someone missing from the first team that you feel should have been on it?

Share your thoughts below.

  • bcoug

    The doubt could be a reflection of Ozzie’s uncharacteristicly sub-par performance in the playoffs.
    Having seen him throughout the season and having watched Beckerman at least a dozen times this year, I think the gap between the two is clear – Alonso is at a different level.


  • Chris H

    Beckerman does deserve to be on the first team over Alonso though. Better stats, better production in a year when Morales was out for most of the year.


  • camjam

    Agree to disagree. I don’t see a “miles behind” gap, or a difference in levels. Except Beckerman may be on a slightly higher one.

    Seriously, the guy carried an RSL team that lost maybe the most creative attacking midfielder in MLS (top 4 at minimum). I think i’d look pretty good with Rosales on my right, Fernandez on my left, and a host of quality. Beckerman had a career year while nurturing a 17 year old and a rotating door at RM.


  • prizby

    Danny Koevermans had 0.95 goals per 90 minutes. The next best (with a minimum of 700 minutes) was at 0.58


  • bcoug

    I can see your point, but I’ll counter with no Zakuani, no Rosales for significant portions, Fernandez missed timed with injury, no White up front (or even any type of effective partner for Montero for most of the season) and yet the team kept winning – Alonso was more responsible for that than anyone else on the team.

    That being said, Beckerman is the clear second teamer for me, so our disagreement is only slight.


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