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U.S. Soccer's biggest winners & losers of 2023: Lionel Messi's arrival takes MLS to new heights but USWNT stars suffer year to forget

Where do we even begin? In a year that included a Women's World Cup, a massive program-altering scandal, huge transfers and the arrival of the greatest player this game has ever seen, how do you even start to break down the chaos that was U.S. soccer in 2023?

It was a crazy year, even by American soccer standards. So much has changed over the last 12 months, and it's not limited to just one section of this beautiful game. Men's and women's, club and international... so many things are evolving in ways we couldn't have imagined this time last year.

But who were the winners and losers of this wild, wild year of American soccer craziness? Which players, clubs and moments stood out in 2023? GOAL breaks down the year that was in the American game...

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