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.
If there is one venue the U.S. Men’s National Team could call home outside United States, it would undoubtedly be Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Plenty of current and former players can find the stadium on the river Thames without a GPS.
The list of U.S. internationals that pulled on the Fulham jersey is long and distinguished, including goalkeepers, goal scorers, FIFA World Cup veterans and aspiring leaders.
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (1999-2002) was the first to don the Cottager’s kit in the modern era and former U.S. MNT midfielder and defender Eddie Lewis arrived a year later (2000-2002). Despite not playing a game the whole season, his coach Jean Tigana insisted on keeping Lewis until season’s end, making him the last to arrive at the USA’s pre-World Cup training camp in 2002. Lewis went on to deliver one of the most famous crosses in U.S. history.
Later in the decade, three-time World Cup veteran Kasey Keller spent a season at Craven Cottage (2007), while striker Eddie Johnson had a three-year spell there (2008-11) spent mostly on loan.
The most accomplished and celebrated U.S. players at Craven Cottage are strikers Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey. McBride (2004-08) scored 33 goals during his tenure and became such a fan favorite that the stadium pub now bears his name. He was a two-time Fulham Player of the Year, and was named captain for the 2007-08 season. Most recently, McBride was named to a special committee to help select the club’s next manager.
“I think it’s the perfect fit. The Fulham supporters are incredibly loyal and have a great appreciation for what the American players bring to the table,” McBride said of Craven Cottage. “For the U.S. players and fans who will be there for the first time, they will experience a very special place. There is a heart and soul to Craven Cottage that goes beyond just a stadium; it’s like playing in front of your family.”
Not to be outdone, Dempsey picked up McBride’s scoring reins at Fulham. In addition to famous goals – the game-winner against Liverpool that saved Fulham from relegation in 2007 and the wonder strike against Juventus in the Europa League Round of 16, among others – the Texan set the team record for the most career tallies in the Premier League (50) by an American, surpassing his 2006 World Cup teammate, McBride.
Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra also made a big impression with the Fulham faithful (2004-08), becoming one of the few MNT players in history playing outside the United States to wear the captain’s armband for both club and country. He was the second leading scorer in the 2006-07 campaign with five goals – behind McBride – and finished his career there with eight total in 116 appearances.
“I’m thrilled that the U.S. Men’s National Team will play at a stadium that has meant so much to the American players who got their chance at Fulham,” Bocanegra said. “The fans there were incredibly supportive of us, and we have so many great memories there. Craven Cottage has one of the most intimate atmospheres I’ve ever played in. Sitting in the Cottage is like having a rooftop seat at Wrigley Field – it’s an experience every fan should have in their lifetime.”
The American line of succession at Fulham has now been passed to 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman, who played extensively in Fulham’s Youth Academy and scored a goal in the U-18 FA Cup Final. Now earning regular minutes for the first time, Hyndman debuted for the senior MNT in the 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in Prague this past September.
MAFRA, Portugal (June 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team allowed two goals in the final 20 minutes against Portugal in dropping its second match of the 20th Lisbon International Tournament.
The U.S. (0-1-1; 1pt) will play its third and final tournament match this Tuesday against Sweden (1-0-1; 4pts), which tied Norway (0-0-2; 2pts) in the day’s other game 0-0.
Through the first 45 minutes, neither team could take advantage of the chances they created in a tight overall match. U.S. head coach for the tournament Eddie Lewis made two changes at the half, but it was Portugal slew of subs in the 63rd minute that changed the game as Hildeberto twice created both goals for fellow sub Goncalo Guedes.
The game-winner came in the 71st minute when Hilderberto’s initial shot was saved by U.S. goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, but the rebound fell right to Guedes, who tapped home from close range. Hildeberto then fed Guedes for an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time, cutting the ball back from the end line for Guedes to slot into the back of the net.
A four-goal win for the U-18 MNT against Sweden on Tuesday coupled with a 0-0 tie between Portugal and Norway would capture the tournament title for the U.S.
- U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Portugal U-18
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Competition: 20th Lisbon Tournament
Venue: Eng. Ministro Santos Sports Complex; Mafra, Portugal
Kickoff: 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET)
Weather: 68 degrees; Sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
POR 0 2 2
POR Goncalo Guedes 71st minute
POR Goncalo Guedes (Hildeberto) 90+1
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski; 3-Malcolm Jones (10-Sebastian Elney, 77), 5-Tommy Redding (capt.)(15-Quentin Pearson, 45), 6-Mauricio Pineda, 8-Chase Gasper; 7-Ben Swanson, 14-Cameron Lindley (17-Maduabuchi Obinwa, 77), 20-Sebastian Saucedo, 4-Demakwi Yomba (13-Brooks Lennon, 59), 9-Coy Craft (2-Mukwelle Akale, 45) (11-Collin Fernandez, 63), 16-Rubio Rubin
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann
Head Coach: Eddie Lewis
POR: 12-Stojkovic; 3-Bruno Wilson, 13-Diogo Verdasca, 5-Joao Serrano, 2-Jorge Silva; 19-Joao Lima (6-Gilson Costa, 77), 14-Filipe Ferreira, 18-Clever Franca (8-Goncalo Guedes, 63); 17-Sergio Ribeiro (capt.)(20-Hildeberto, 63), 11-Macedo (7-Romario, 45), 9-Postiga (10-Gil Dias, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Joel Pereira; 4-Ricardo Carvalho; 15-Jose Gomes; 16-Andre Horta
Head Coach: Edgar Borges
Stats Summary: USA / POR
Shots: 8 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 5 / 2
USA – Sebastian Saucedo Caution 67th minute
USA – Chase Gasper Caution 79
POR – Hildeberto Caution 84
Referee – Patrick Ariksson
1st Assistant Referee – Pedro Garcia
2nd Assistant Referee – Pedro Felisberto
4th Official – Martin Lundby
LISBON, Portugal (June 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team earned a 1-1 draw with Primeira Liga powerhouse Benfica’s U-19 team on the strength of a Collin Fernandez strike midway through the second half of the USA’s lone warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Lisbon International Tournament.
Benfica striker Oliveira tucked home the game’s opening goal just before the stroke of halftime, prompting Eddie Lewis, the USA’s head coach for the trip, to make five substitutions at the break, including bringing on Ben Swanson, who supplied the final ball on Fernandez’s equalizer.
A long-time member of the U.S. Youth National Team Program, Swanson measured a long through-ball beyond the Benfica backline for Fernandez, who’s shot from the top of the penalty area found the back of the net to give the U.S. a positive result ahead of its first game at the Lisbon International Tournament.
The U.S. U-18s open tournament play on Friday when they face Norway’s U-18s in the first of three matches at the competition. The U.S. will also play Portugal on Sunday and Sweden next Tuesday.
- U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. U-18 MNT vs. Benfica U-19
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Benfica – Caixa Futeball Campus; Lisbon, Portugal
Kickoff: 4:30pm (11:30am ET)
Weather: 71 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
BEN 1 0 1
BEN-Kevin Oliveira 43rd minute
USA-Collin Fernandez 65
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski (1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 66); 3-Malcolm Jones, 6-Mauricio Pineda, 15-Quentin Pearson (5-Tommy Redding, 45), 8-Chase Gasper; Maduabuchi Obinwa (7-Ben Swanson, 45), 13-Brooks Lennon (9-Coy Craft, 45), 14-Cameron Lindley (11-Collin Fernandez, 45), 2-Mukwelle Akale; 4-Dembakwi Yomba (20-Sebastian Saucedo, 45), 16-Rubio Rubin (capt.) (10-Sebastian Elney, 66)
Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: Eddie Lewis
BEN: 12-Andre Ferreira (2-Romario, 45 (1-Thieri, 76)); 2-Rafael Ramos (17-Fonseca, 63), 13-Ronk (6-Loao Gamboa, 63), 17-Kike (2-Ever Peralta, 63), 4-Alexandrea Faiate (3-Roniualdo, 45); 5-Valdomiro (16-Joao Gamboa, 45), 7-Jusuc, 8-Filipe Naseimento (capt.) (11-Robert, 54), 9-Kevin Oliveira (10-Pedro Alves, 45 (17-Fonseca, 76)); 11-Gonealo Maria (8-Diogo David, 54), 1-Rafael Perreira (15-Bongo Nathanael, 60)
Subs not used: N/A
Head Coach: Joao Tralhao
Stats Summary: USA / BEN
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 18 / 11
Offside: 9 / 3
USA – Mauricio Pineda Caution 29th minute
BEN – Joao Gamboa Caution 91
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