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MLS midseason awards: New England the best team, Carles Gil for MVP, Andre Blake best goalie, more

With the All-Star break and Rivalry Week now in the rearview mirror, MLS will ramp up for the final stretch as all eyes are firmly on getting into the playoffs. As we turn our attention to MLS Cup and the playoff push, ESPN looks back at some of the notable players and teams from the first half of what has been an exciting season.

Jump to: Top teams | Most disappointing sides | MVP candidates | Managerial maestros | Crazy goals | Breakout stars | Best defenders | Key keepers

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