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By IVES GALARCEP
The 2012 MLS season saw several players emerge from relative obscurity to take on important roles on top teams, and some others serve as rare bright spots for disappointing squads.
While some players made the jump from good to very good, like Chris Pontius and Graham Zusi, it was the players who made the jump from benchwarmer to standout that draw the most acclaim on the 2012 SBI MLS Most Improved Best XI.
San Jose’s Alan Gordon leads the way after being named SBI MLS Most Improved Player of the Year. He is joined by a pair of Earthquakes teammates who, along with Gordon, played key roles in San Jose’s dramatic turnaround.
Here is the SBI MLS Most Improved Best XI:
SBI MLS Most Improved Best XI
GK- Andy Gruenebaum, Columbus Crew
D- Justin Morrow, San Jose Earthquakes
D- Stephen McCarthy, New England Revolution
D- Amobi Okugo, Philadelphia Union
D- David Horst, Portland Timbers
M- Dax McCarty, New York Red Bulls
M- Gershon Koffie, Vancouver Whitecaps
M- Rafael Baca, San Jose Earthquakes
F- Alan Gordon, San Jose Earthquakes
F-Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union
F- Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo
What do you think of our selections? Who do you think should have made the list that didn’t? Who are you happy to see on the list?
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