RFK Stadium History
Though originally built in 1961 to house Washington, D.C.’s National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, RFK Stadium has become a cathedral of sorts for soccer in the United States.
Having served as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, RFK has been a center piece of international soccer in the United States for more than two decades.
Outside those competitions, the U.S. MNT has its own storied history at the venue that dates back to a 1-1 draw with China on Oct. 6, 1977. The 22 Men’s National Team matches hosted at the old ground are more than any other stadium, and along the way some very memorable MNT moments have been made.
Here’s a few:
- Former captain Claudio Reyna’s standout arrival on the international scene in a 4-0 win over Mexico at the 1995 U.S. Cup.
- Joe-Max Moore’s late blast in a 1-0 upset over Argentina in 1999.
- Important World Cup qualifying victories against Guatemala in 1996 and 2000.
- Jonathan Bornstein’s dramatic stoppage time equalizer to eliminate Costa Rica from World Cup qualifying in 2009.
- And most recently, the team’s 4-3 win over then No. 2-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Centennial Celebration match.
Check out some of the best moments throughout the years at RFK Stadium.
Coming off the team’s second Gold Cup championship in 2002, the U.S. began is title defense against El Salvador at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The team would get goals on both sides of halftime with Eddie Lewis opening the scoring off a textbook give-and-go with Brian McBride in the 28th minute.
After scoring a hat trick against El Salvador in the 2002 quarterfinal, McBride bagged a trademark goal with his head, coming off a pinpoint cross from Steve Ralston in the 76th minute as the U.S. eased to the 2-0 win.
CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Eddie Lewis and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak traveled to Indonesia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.
The program runs through March 18 and will consist of clinics and talks with sports journalists, coaches and players across the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Serang and Solo. Before each clinic, Envoys will address the participants and speak about the connection between team sports and life skills, as well as the importance of physical activity for boys and girls.
Roberts Sahaydak is currently the head coach at the University of Central Florida. She earned 110 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team between 1994-2003, winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Roberts Sahaydak was also a member of the third-place U.S. team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Norway. She is a veteran of the Sports Envoy program, having visited several countries since 2007.
Lewis and Roberts Sahaydak will be joined by Tim Sahaydak, who played for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team and is currently the associate head coach at UCF. It is the first Sports Envoy trip for both Sahaydak and Lewis.
Also a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, Lewis earned 82 caps and scored 10 goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1996-2008. Lewis was a part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, before heading to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. He is widely renowned for assisting on Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on June 17, 2002.
In partnership with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.
CHICAGO (Feb. 26, 2015) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2015 elections, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Friday, March 20, and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2015 will be announced at a later date.
Players in their first year of eligibility include the following: two-time FIFA World Cup participant and current Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter; 13-year MLS veteran Jimmy Conrad; 13-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Frankie Hejduk; 2008 Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai; four-time FIFA World Cup participant and three-time CONCACAF Gold Cup Champion Kasey Keller; 10-year MNT veteran and current LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski; 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Tiffeny Milbrett; two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad; three-time MLS Cup champion Eddie Robinson; Colombian MLS star Diego Serna; two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley; 15-year veteran and two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Thornton; and six-year WNT forward Christie Welsh.
Of the 31 players on the Player ballot, Robin Fraser and Shannon MacMillan are in their final year of eligibility.
In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three years, but for no more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S., or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once.
The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.
Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player BallotChris Armas
* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2016
In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Nine players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.
Voters can name up to five Veteran candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2015 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.
In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason All-League or All-Star team at least once. or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
The 2015 Builder ballot includes nine individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.
Builders must be at least 50 years old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for the list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee).
2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will soon take the field to face fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup finalist and No.3-ranked Colombia in a Nov. 14 friendly set to mark the USA’s penultimate game of 2014. The match will take the MNT overseas to the home of Fulham FC – historic Craven Cottage in London – a home away from home for many U.S. players, who have spent time at or are currently part of the English club. To date, more than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the match.
The West London club has always been a special place for players who have donned the Red, White and Blue. Current MNT forward Clint Dempsey spent six seasons at Fulham and broke the record for most goals by an American with 37, surpassing the mark set by fellow U.S. and Fulham icon, Brian McBride.
McBride, who left an indelible mark on the Whites, quickly became one of the fans most beloved players in his four years with the club from 2004-08. The two-time Fulham Player of the Year amassed 33 goals and was named captain for the 2007-08 season. Recently, McBride was named to a special committee to help select the club’s manager. His legacy is visible throughout the stadium, but perhaps most notably in the stadium pub which was renamed McBride’s in his honor.
Date of Birth
May 17, 1974
Los Angeles Galaxy