By Grant Wahl
December 16, 2013
Bob Bradley stayed in Egypt despite a time of political turmoil and guided the Pharaohs to with a game of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Ahmed Gomaa/AP


Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. sports league, returning to MLS and suiting up for the LA Galaxy.
Rick Bowmer/AP

Before we leave 2013, let's remember just how remarkable a year it was that Rogers and Bradley, two men who could easily have won SI magazine's Sportsman of the Year award, both hail from the growing but still relatively small pond of U.S. soccer. There are some special people in our little corner of the sports world, and this year they showed that in the best possible way.

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