Le Toux named to MLS Best XI

Sebastien Le Toux finally got a decent honor today, as he was named to Major League Soccer's Best XI for the 2010 season.

The Best XI is basically an all-league team. It is voted on by members of the media, players, coaches and general managers in MLS.

Le Toux scored 14 goals and dished out 11 assists, contributing to an MLS record 71.4 percent of his team's goals in the season.

The full Best XI is a 3-5-2:

Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles Galaxy
Defenders: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake; Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake; Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy
Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy; David Ferreira, FC Dallas; Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union; Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC
Forwards: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes; Edson Buddle, Los Angeles Galaxy

Landon Donovan was originally listed on the ballot as a forward, but the league moved him to midfield for the final XI because it was clear that he (and other forwards) deserved to be there.

In other soccer news...

- MLS commissioner Don Garber gave his state-of-the-league address today. Among the news items from his remarks were the creation of a reserve league; the elimination of the cap on homegrown players on a team's senior roster; the expansion of rosters from 26 players to 30; and the possibility that the MLS Cup final will be played at the home of the highest seed instead of at a neutral site.

The Washington Post's Steven Goff, the Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers and AOL FanHouse's Brian Straus have the details, as well as many more interesting tidbits from what was apparently a very long conference call with reporters.

- The Kansas City Wizards will have a new name next year.
An official announcement will be made tomorrow that the club is changing its name Sporting Kansas City. The change coincides with the opening of the Wizards' new stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. SoccerByIves.net has the details of the name change, including the new logo, here.

- Women's Professional Soccer
will play on in 2011. The Washington Freedom and Boston Breakers found investors to remain afloat at the last minute. The league will have six teams next season: Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Atlanta, Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) and the new Buffalo/Rochester franchise. FC Gold Pride, the league's reigning champions, have folded.

Independence owner David Halstead wrote a letter to fans earlier this month regarding his team's financial situation. In it, he noted that the Independence hopes to get on a sound enough financial footing to be able to "accept the Union's offer" to play at PPL Park in 2012 or 2013.

- Ian Darke will call the U.S. national team's game at South Africa on Wednesday for ESPN. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 2 p.m. Darke will be joined in Cape Town by John Harkes, wtih Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas and Steve McMannaman in the studio.

Prior to the U.S.-South Africa game, ESPN2 will air the Brazil-Argentina game being played in Doha, Qatar. Adrian Healey and Robbie Mustoe will be on the mic, with the broadcast starting at 11:55 a.m.

Darke and Harkes will then head to Toronto to call the MLS Cup Final on Sunday night between FC Dallas and Colorado. They will be joined by Max Bretos, Alexi Lalas and McMannaman in an on-site studio at BMO Field.

The U.S women's national team's two-leg World Cup playoff against Italy will air exclusively on ESPN3.com. The first game will be this Saturday in Italy at 10:30 a.m., and the second game will be at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on November 27.

ESPN held a conference call with Darke, Harkes and Lalas this afternoon. I'll have a writeup on here tomorrow morning.