National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Nominees Announced
CHICAGO (Jan. 15, 2014) - Ballots have been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 elections and voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories. Voting will continue through Feb. 7 and the election results will be announced shortly after. Induction ceremony details for the Class of 2014 will be announced at a later date.
Players in their first year of eligibility include 13-year MLS veteran Chris Klein, two-time FIFA World Cup participant Eddie Lewis, two-time FIFA Women’s
World Cup and Olympic champion Kristine Lilly, 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Luckenbill, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World
Cup champion Kate Sobrero Markgraf, eight-year MNT fixture and MLS Cup champion Clint Mathis, three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Brian McBride, four-time
MLS Cup champion and five-time MLS Best XI selection Jaime Moreno, all-time U.S. professional appearance leader and 16-year MLS veteran Steve Ralston and
two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Briana Scurry.
“The National Soccer Hall of Fame class for 2014 will certainly be a stellar one," said Hank Steinbrecher, Chairman of the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors. “Each and every one on the ballot is more than deserving of the ultimate recognition of being elected into the Hall. I am sure that this year the voters will be hard pressed to select just one candidate. We are proud of all of the individuals who are on the ballot and thank them for their outstanding service to the beautiful game.”
Of the 27 players on the Player ballot, Raul Diaz Arce, Marco Etcheverry, Zoran Karic, Victor Nogueira, and Cindy Parlow Cone 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.
Beginning with the 2014 Class, the Player and Veteran eligibility criteria were amended by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors to allow the inclusion of eligible Major Indoor Soccer League players. Under the amendment, eligible players must have 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.
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 in a first-division league, MLS and NWSL management representatives, MLS Commissioner, NWSL Executive Director, 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.
2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Raul Diaz Arce **
Marco Etcheverry **
Zoran Karic **
Chris Klein *
Eddie Lewis *
Kristine Lilly *
Kristin Luckenbill *
Kate Sobrero Markgraf*
Victor Nogueira **
Cindy Parlow Cone **
Briana Scurry *
* First year of eligibility
** Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2015
In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also set to begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Fifteen 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 2014 Class. 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.
2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
The 2014 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 are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on U.S. Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for 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).
2014 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.