in 2010, photos change, words not so much.
MLS Superdraft breakdown - you know you’re not getting that here. But every year the draft marks the beginning of a new soccer season. Beyond the MLS hot stove, it means the first USMNT game of the new year is around the corner, with the Gold Cup just down the road. And this year the USWNT reboot after fighting through new domestic league difficulties to prepare for what should be the most competitive Women’s World Cup in history. The new beginnings force away past memories, and everybody gets a chance to win again… or for the first time. Looking over the recent past, however, I find State Of The Union pieces that still hold true (2006, 2007, 2009) or at least haven’t much changed. But the photos always change (2008’s gallery), so instead of trying to ride down the homestretch in a beaten horse, I’ve picked through my images of the past year, collected in a click-able thumbnail gallery after the jump.