U.S. soccer's 12 points to ponder

Updated: December 26, 2011, 2:58 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

As years go, 2011 produced plenty of memories in U.S. soccer circles. Even in a post-World Cup year, the U.S. men's team generated its share of headlines -- from its Gold Cup disappointment and the firing of Bob Bradley to the hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann. On the women's side, the national team's World Cup journey should have been sponsored by Dramamine, with enough changes in altitude to test the strongest of stomachs.

But soccer is a sport that marches relentlessly forward. ...

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