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MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31395865 MLS 2012 Best Starting XI MLS+2012+Best+Starting+XI MLS

It's that time of the year again...As the regular season comes to a close we take a look back at MLS 2012 and hand out some kudos. Did 2011 MVP Dwayne DeRosario again crack our MLS Best Starting XI? Click through to find out!
 

Paul Frederiksen - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/29/DeRosario_20121029173436614_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/29/DeRosario_20121029173436614_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31392014 Chris Wondolowski, F, San Jose Earthquakes Chris+Wondolowski%2C+F%2C+San+Jose+Earthquakes MLS

Most likely this season's runaway MVP, he already matched Roy Lassiter's all-time single-season scoring record with 27 goals. He's had a strong year throughout, earning three Player of the Month nods. Needless to say he's a lock on this team.

Tim Heitman - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G8_20121028031259969_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G8_20121028031259969_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396197 Thierry Henry, F, New York Red Bulls Thierry+Henry%2C+F%2C+New+York+Red+Bulls MLS

The French legend didn't lead his own team in scoring—Kenny Cooper had 18 goals to Henry's 15—but he's clearly the team's talisman and tone-setter. Henry's ballskills stand out in MLS, and his 12 assists rank fifth in the league. He is the only MLS player to reach double digits in goals and assists.

Eric Hartline - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G9_20121028031259970_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G9_20121028031259970_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396195 Robbie Keane, F, LA Galaxy Robbie+Keane%2C+F%2C+LA+Galaxy MLS

Among LA's "galacticos," no star has shone brighter than Robbie Keane this season. The former Tottenham man led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 goals (4th in MLS) and added 8 assists (T-11th). In light of the stellar performances of the next two gentlemen, we're sticking Keane on the left wing to claim his more-than-deserved Best XI spot.

Kelvin Kuo - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G7_20121028031259971_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G7_20121028031259971_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396193 Graham Zusi, M, Sporting KC Graham+Zusi%2C+M%2C+Sporting+KC MLS

Finished the 2012 regular season with five goals, and led MLS with 15 assists, essentially accounting for almost half of Sporting's 42 goals this season. Zusi is likely the breakout player of the year, as he also logged major minutes playing for the United States National Team, and appears to have claimed a permanent spot in USMNT head coach Klinsmann's rotation.

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MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396188 Dwayne DeRosario, M, DC United Dwayne+DeRosario%2C+M%2C+DC+United MLS

Last season's MLS MVP and the player with the most career Best XI selections should get a seventh nod this season. DeRosario was the engine that drove DC to a much better campaign from a year ago. His 12 assists are his most since 2005 and while he's getting up in age, make no mistake: DeRosario is still one of the best MLS has to offer.

Ned Dishman - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G5_20121028031114957_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G5_20121028031114957_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396190 Kyle Beckerman, M, Real Salt Lake Kyle+Beckerman%2C+M%2C+Real+Salt+Lake MLS

Salt Lake's passmaster has had a tremendous season that has seen him earn a place in Klinsmann's squad. He's tallied 4 goals and 4 assists this season, but he is more a midfield maestro than an offensive star. Against Seattle several weeks ago he famously notched 123 succesful passes together, more than anyone in MLS ever in a single game and, just to compare, not far from Xavi's European Championship record of 127 passes in a game. Now Beckerman is no Xavi, but we're just sayin'.

Russ Isabella - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G3_20121028031115960_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G3_20121028031115960_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396189 Roger Espinoza, M, Sporting KC Roger+Espinoza%2C+M%2C+Sporting+KC MLS

The ball-winning workhorse and engine of Sporting's high-pressure outfit has made European scouts drool this season. Espinoza also starred for Honduras as an overage player at the Olympics this year, scoring in the quarterfinal against Brazil. A stellar year for the midfielder may have led to a move to EPL side Wigan.

John Rieger - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G4_20121028031114959_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G4_20121028031114959_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31395834 Victor Bernardez, D, San Jose Earthquakes Victor+Bernardez%2C+D%2C+San+Jose+Earthquakes MLS

The Earthquake's new defensive leader has ably anchored a back four on a team that isn't shy about its preference to attack. Largely due to the former Anderlecht man, San Jose ranks seventh in total defense. Bernardez has also chipped in 2 goals and an assist.

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MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396191 Matt Besler, D, Sporting KC Matt+Besler%2C+D%2C+Sporting+KC MLS

The 25 year-old was the anchor of Sporting KC's back line this season, featuring in 31 regular season matches, and logging 2,769 minutes. Kansas City's defense has widely been considered the best in MLS in 2012, having only conceded 27 goals and Besler has been the key cog.

John Rieger - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G1_20121028031115961_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G1_20121028031115961_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31392013 Arne Friedrich, D, Chicago Fire Arne+Friedrich%2C+D%2C+Chicago+Fire MLS

The German World Cup veteran has quickly become the heart and soul of the Fire's third-ranked MLS defense after moving to Chicago. Proof? The Fire are 14-5-3 record in games he’s appeared in, and 3-6-2 giving up 15 goals in matches he's not.

Tom Szczerbowski - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G2_20121028031114958_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/10/28/102712-SOCCER-mls-best-xi-squad-players-OB-G2_20121028031114958_107_80.JPG
MLS 195 8 Major League Soccer 2012: Best Starting XI 31396196 Jimmy Nielsen, GK, Sporting KC Jimmy+Nielsen%2C+GK%2C+Sporting+KC MLS

Kansas City's team captain has benefited from playing behind a great defense, but when he's been needed, he's been solid. Nielson fell just short of setting Major League Soccer's all-time regular season clean sheet record, tallying 15. That record is coincidentally held by former KC keeper Tony Meola in 2000, when, you know, Sporting took home the MLS Cup.

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