The San Antonio Scorpions and Tampa Bay Rowdies were the best two teams in the regular season this year, so it should come as no surprise that their players make up more than half of NASL’s 2012 Best XI.
NASL announced the best players of the campaign on Tuesday morning and both the Scorpions and Rowdies had three players, the highest total from any of the eight teams in the league. The three Scorpions were forward Pablo Campos, midfielder Walter Ramirez and former Houston Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane. The Rowdies’ three players were goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, defender Takuya Yamada and midfielder Luke Mulholland.
In all, six of the eight teams had players on the Best XI. The two clubs that did not were the seventh-placed Atlanta Silverbacks and the Puerto Rico Islanders, who ended the regular season in third.
Here is the complete Best XI from the 2012 NASL season:
Forwards: Mark Anderson (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers), Pablo Campos (San Antonio Scorpions)
Midfielders: Luke Mulholland (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Walter Ramirez (San Antonio Scorpions), Walter Restrepo (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers), Nick Zimmerman (Carolina RailHawks)
Defenders: Kyle Altman (Minnesota Stars FC), Ryan Cochrane (San Antonio Scorpions), Paul Hamilton (FC Edmonton), Takuya Yamada (Tampa Bay Rowdies)
Goalkeeper: Jeff Attinella (Tampa Bay Rowdies)
What do you think of the NASL 2012 Best XI? Agree with most of the selections? Should someone have been on that isn’t?
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