It's the last day of the year, and if you're like me, you're a sucker for year ending lists and looks back at the past 12 months.
In that spirit, here's our Top 11 articles of the year (we couldn't narrow it down to 10), 11 stories that we think encapsulate what we were doing and thinking about this year. Enjoy!
11. LAFC roundtable wrap: Recap, news and notes (Apr. 9) Our coverage of some of the first interactions between the new club and fans.
10. Escándalo! Jorge Vergara says Angelica Fuentes is out at Chivas and Omnilife (Apr. 3) We check in with the former Chivas USA owners and it's not going very well.
9. Daniel Paladini may not be a star, but his alleged crimes can't be ignored (Jan. 6) Coming off a year where domestic violence and athletes were a hot topic, this was a call for MLS to not let the journeyman back onto the field without sanction. He didn't play in MLS this year, so it seems those calls were heeded.
8. For PSA Elite, U.S. Open Cup run is done "for the love of the game" (May 26) Our interview with the coach of the most successful amateur team in the 2015 USOC.
7. Were the independent, affiliated or MLS2 teams most successful in the 2015 USL season? (Oct. 17) Our look at how each group of teams did in a quickly-transforming league.
6. David Estrada looks to have found a home with OC Blues: "I've just been enjoying playing soccer" (Sep. 10) One of the most notable names on the Orange County Blues talks to us and admits he wasn't really having a good time playing for a while.
5. Why being a soccer fan isn't tied up in dollars and cents (Aug. 26) Men in Blazers' "Blazer Con" may have sparked the writing of this critique, but the bigger point stands, convention or no.
4. The four types of obnoxious U.S. National Team fans (Jul. 5) Would say this is tongue-in-cheek, but it wasn't, truthfully.
3. Male, female athletes held to different standards as role models, but it's likely evolutionary (Jul. 12) In the wake of the Americans' win in the Womens' World Cup, I was struck by how different the standards were in the public narrative.
2. Why Fox's use of Donald Trump in their U.S.-Mexico hype video was a terrible idea (Oct. 9) Sure, a Mexican station used Trump in their hype video first, but Fox's version lacked the nuance and satire and was a total clunker.
1. The Neutral Chronicles: The historical baggage that comes with choosing a team (Feb. 18) A discussion of why picking a far-flung team to follow can be littered with pitfalls, such as finding out your club has quite the history of racist fans.
Thanks, as always, for reading, and Happy New Year!
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