With the playoffs over but for a single game and trade announcements on hold until after the MLS Cup, there's a bit of a lull in major MLS news. So today, take a look back at the 2012 playoffs, the best players of the season, and all the ups and downs of the David Beckham era.
Monday Postgame: Where does Beckham rank among DPs?
Mlssoccer.com names the 5 best DPs since the designated player rule was adopted for the 2007 season.
Five thoughts on the MLS playoffs
ESPN's Jeff Carlisle on the postseason's best player, the schedule, and the lack of a significant home-field advantage for higher seeds.
Jeff Carlisle's Best MLS XI
Carlisle picks the best 11 of the 2012 season (and unlike the MLS Team of the Week, he picks a four-man back line, because no team in MLS plays with three in the back).
MLS faces one of its greatest challenges with Beckham leaving L.A.
Beckham has unquestionably done a lot to contribute to the rise of MLS, but all the praise pouring in brushes aside the low points of his time with the LA Galaxy.
David Beckham Compelled A Nation to Notice Soccer
But I'll include one of those "Beckham has done so much for the league" pieces too, because really, Beckham has done a lot for the league.