The final two months of 2010 were an unexpected whirlwind for Dax McCarty.
Just a few days after starting in the 2010 MLS Cup Final for FC Dallas, the 23-year-old midfielder was picked up by Portland in November’s Expansion Draft. He would be a Timber for just a few hours before getting shipped across the country to D.C. United in exchange for Rodney Wallace and a draft pick.
“It all happened really fast,” McCarty told MLSsoccer.com. “Definitely a little bit surprising, and you don’t expect it. I’ve been in Dallas five years and was pretty happy there.”
The editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com is looking back over the year with our "Best of 2010" awards, running Dec. 13 through Jan. 2. Each day we'll hand out an award from a variety of categories culled from the storylines of Major League Soccer and the North American soccer scene.
The US's headline-grabbing fortunes at the World Cup were clearly the Story of the Year in 2010.
Levi Houapeu is ready for his next challenge – becoming a professional soccer player in MLS. He’s come too far to give up now.
Born and raised in the Ivory Coast, Houapeu moved to Germantown, Md., when he was 12. A strong high school career in the D.C. suburbs preceded college at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) campus.