SBI's 2012 MLS Best XI

SBI's 2012 MLS Best XI


SBI's 2012 MLS Best XI

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Chris Wondolowski and Osvaldo Alonso are pictures of high-level consistency in Major League Soccer and both players enjoyed outstanding 2012 seasons to add to years of elite-level play. That top-quality form helped both become the only two players to be repeat selections as SBI MLS Best XI selections.

The 2012 SBI MLS Best XI features some league newcomers, such as San Jose’s Victory Bernardez, as well as some players who enjoyed breakout seasons, like Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi.

Here are SBI’s selections for the 2012 MLS Best XI (along with our 2nd team and 3rd team selections):


FIRST TEAM (*=2011 Best XI)

GK- Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City

D- Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City

D- Victor Bernardez, San Jose Earthquakes

D- Y. P. Lee, Vancouver Whitecaps

M- Graham Zusi, Sporting KC

*M- Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders

M- Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo

M- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy

M- Chris Pontius, D.C. United

*F- Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

F- Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy


GK- Michael Gspurning, Seattle Sounders

D- Aurelien Collin, Sporting Kansas City

D- Jay DeMerit, Vancouver Whitecaps

D- Jeff Parke, Seattle Sounders

M- Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake

M- Kei Kamara, Sporting Kansas City

M- Mauro Rosales, Seattle Sounders

M- Roger Espinoza, Sporting Kansas City

M- Juninho, Los Angeles Galaxy

F- Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls

F- Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo


GK- Andy Gruenebaum, Columbus Crew

D- Carlos Valdes, Philadelphia Union

D- Brandon McDonald, D.C. United

D- Arne Friedrich, Chicago Fire

M- Dax McCarty, New York Red Bulls

M- Rafael Baca, San Jose Earthquakes

M- Dwayne DeRosario, D.C. United

M- Oscar Boniek Garcia, Houston Dynamo

M- Patrice Bernier, Montreal Impact

F- Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake

F- Freddy Montero, Seattle Sounders


There are always players who just miss out and this year we had some very good candidates who just missed out. New York’s Kenny Cooper, San Jose’s Marvin Chavez and Steven Beitashour, and Seattle’s Eddie Johnson are some of the players who stood out as players who were definitely good enough to be on one of the teams.


What do you think of SBI’s selections? Which picks on the first team did you like seeing the most? Who do you see as the biggest snub from the first team? How about the biggest snub that didn’t make any of our three Best XI squads?

Share your thoughts below.

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