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Unfortunately, this list is limited to 10 players. Here are three worthy players deserving of mention but who didn't quite make the list:
Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy
Yes, I left the heart and soul of the LA Galaxy off this list, not because he doesn't deserve a spot in the top 10, but because of my three-player rule.
Yes, his apparent desire to play the beautiful game coincides with the Galaxy's playoff run, but so does the performance of some of his teammates. Had he not missed the second leg of the Western Conference Finals due to injury (hamstring), Donovan would have easily earned a spot in the top 10.
Eddie Johnson, Seattle Sounders
The 2012 MLS Playoffs will be a what-could-have-been year for the Seattle Sounders. Had Johnson been healthy for most of the postseason, there is no telling how far the Sounders could have gone.
A horrendous offside call in Sunday’s match, which negated an early goal from Johnson, did not deter the 28-year-old striker. He would find the back of the net just moments later.
Seattle was poised for a comeback, but Mark Geiger, the bane of my existence, slammed the door on my MLS Cup prediction once more. The Sounders were unable to recover from a disputed hand-ball whistled in the 67th minute.
Tally Hall, Houston Dynamo
Hall is another participant in the 2012 MLS Cup who, unfortunately, did not make this list.
He has allowed just four goals in five matches in goal for the Dynamo and continues to rewrite every postseason record in MLS and franchise history. Although he is worthy of a spot, the performances of some of his teammates pushes him out of this list.