It has been a remarkable year for soccer in Philadelphia. The Union and the Independence played their inaugural seasons, and helped to build a fan base in our region that is among the most passionate in the nation. International clubs including Manchester United, Celtic and Chivas de Guadalajara came to town for exhibition matches.

On top of all that, our region played host to three major United States national teams games. The men visited twice, including the showcase World Cup send-off match, and held their World Cup training camp relatively close by at Princeton University. The women visited once, for their final match before World Cup qualifying.

As 2010 draws to a close, here's a look back at 10 of the top goals from the soccer year in Philadelphia. For as much as the Union struggled this year, this was actually pretty hard to put together. There are quite a few terrific goals that I left off the list. It won't be long before we start getting ready for the 2011 season.