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2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction


The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at FedExField Wednesday night, and USA vs. Brazil provided the perfect setting. It doesn't get much better than a huge game against a legendary team to set the stage for the induction of several U.S. Soccer legends into the Hall of Fame.

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Desmond Armstrong, Tony Meola, Tony DiCicco and Claudio Reyna (not pictured) were inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 30, 2012 at FedExField

As if going down in U.S. Soccer history wasn't enough to look forward to in one day, former Men's National Team defender Desmond Armstrong had some extra reasons to be excited on Wednesday.

"For me personally it's huge because I was the first American ever to play in Brazil professionally and I'm from Washington D.C., so we're playing on my home turf, so to speak. USA vs. Brazil is also exciting because of the young stars of Brazil and the next World Cup coming in two years. Plus, we're in a fantastic stadium - it's like icing on the cake for me."

Armstrong signed for famed club Santos in 1991, the club of Pelé and last night's goal scorer and current Brazil star Neymar. Since then, U.S. Men's National Team players in Brazil have been few and far between. Fellow Hall of Famer Cobi Jones had a stint with Vasco de Gama in 1995 but left when he signed for the LA Galaxy of the newly formed MLS.

Congratulations to Armstrong and the rest of the inductees who joined the National Soccer Hall of Fame!


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