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Sporting KC's captain for the last two seasons, Arnaud became the club's all-time leader in regular season appearances in 2011.
2011 team leader in minutes, Besler was selected to appear in his first MLS All-Star game this season.
Bunbury notched 11 MLS goals in 2011 and was twice selected for USMNT camps under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
Julio Cesar started 25 matches for Sporting, scoring two goals and contributing two assists during the regular season.
Started 21 matches at centerback and scored three goals in debut season. Also ranked fifth in this year's MLS Castrol Index rating system.
Key cog in the SKC midfield during the 2011 season after strong performance in Honduras' run to semifinal of CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Sporting Kansas City's leader in points for 2011, Kamara scored nine goals and contributed four assists in 30 appearances.
Myers enjoyed a breakout season, setting career records for appearances, starts and minutes in 2011.
Continuing his strong play in goal from the 2010 season, Nielsen was voted team MVP in 2011 by media, coaches and teammates.
The 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year, Sapong led all rookies in points, scoring five goals and adding five assists during the MLS regular season.
The team leader in assists for 2011, Zusi cemented himself as one of the League's most prolific attacking midfielders this season.