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National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Ballots Finalized


CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2012) – Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012, and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Feb. 17, and the election results will be announced shortly after.

Two-time World Cup starting goalkeeper Tony Meola and former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Claudio Reyna are among 12 players in their first year of eligibility for the Player ballot. Jose Burciaga Jr., Ronald Cerritos, Lorrie Fair, Jen Lalor-Nielsen, Ronnie O'Brien, Ante Razov, David Regis, Thori Staples Bryan, Greg Vanney and Kerry Zavagnin also are on the ballot for the first time.

Of the 31 total players on the Player ballot, Mike Burns, Peter Nowak, Carlos Valderrama and Peter Vermes are in their final year of eligibility.

In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired as a player for between three and 10 calendar 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 be named to a postseason all-league or all-star team at least once.

The voting pool includes all Hall of Famers, select soccer administrators and designated media members. 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 dropped from the Player ballot.

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Chris Armas
Jose Burciaga Jr. *
Mike Burns ^
Ronald Cerritos *
Mauricio Cienfuegos
Raul Diaz Arce
Marco Etcheverry
Lorrie Fair *
Robin Fraser
Chris Henderson
Jason Kreis
Jen Lalor-Nielsen *
Roy Lassiter
Shannon MacMillan
Tony Meola *
Joe-Max Moore
Victor Nogueira
Peter Nowak ^
John O’Brien
Ronnie O’Brien *
Cindy Parlow
Ante Razov *
David Regis *
Claudio Reyna *
Tiffany Roberts
Thori Staples Bryan *
Carlos Valderrama ^
Greg Vanney *
Tisha Venturini-Hoch
Peter Vermes ^
Kerry Zavagnin *
* First year of eligibility
^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2013


In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also underway in the Veteran Player and Builder categories. Eleven 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 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 Veteran appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no one will be elected on this ballot in 2012. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

Eligibility for the Veteran ballot is the same as the Player ballot except that a player must be retired for more than 10 years. Further, the U.S. National Team cap requirement is lowered from 20 to 10 if the 10 caps came before 1990.

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
Desmond Armstrong
George Best
Teofilo Cubillas
John Doyle
Linda Hamilton
Bill McPherson
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Brian Quinn
Mike Sorber
Steve Trittschuh

The 2012 Builder ballot includes eight 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 are nominated by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on U.S. Soccer on a national or professional level for 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible.

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Chuck Blazer
Bob Bradley
Bob Contiguglia
Tony DiCicco
Don Garber
Francisco Marcos
Fritz Marth
Sigi Schmid

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.

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