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Jeff Agoos and Joy Fawcett Elected Into 2009 Hall of Fame

CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 16, 2009) - Former U.S. Men's and Women's National Team standout defenders Jeff Agoos and Joy Fawcett have been elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Steve Baumann, Hall of Fame president, made the announcement live on Fox Soccer Channel from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention in St. Louis, Mo.

Agoos debuted for the U.S. Men's National Team in 1988, earning 134 caps between then and his retirement from international soccer in 2003, as well as 10 caps for the U.S. Futsal National Team. His leadership and perserverance eventually earned him a spot on the U.S. roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he featured in all three group matches as the U.S. advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.

Fawcett retired from the U.S. Women's National Team in 2004, after earning 239 caps, two FIFA World Cup titles (1991 and 1999) and two Olympic Gold Medals (1996 and 2004). Known for her consistency and calm under fire, Fawcett played every minute of the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA World Cups for the U.S.

Both newly elected members will be inducted into the National Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 2. Induction Weekend will take place at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Oneonta, N.Y.