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The National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces Official Ballot for Induction 2001


ONEONTA, N.Y. (Tuesday, June 12, 2001) - The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced the official ballot for Induction 2001 today. Twelve candidates, from a list of 138 players who meet induction criteria, topped the first round voting by the Selection Advisory Committee, comprised of current and former United States National Team coaches plus selected Hall of Famers. On the final ballot are Paul Child, Teofilo Cubillas, Rick Davis, Angelo DiBernardo, Shannon Higgins (Cirovski), Randy Horton, Arnie Mausser, Shep Messing, Ilija Mitic, Bobby Smith, Wolfgang Suhnholz, and Al Trost. Only two of the twelve players will be chosen to join superstars Pele, Giorgio Chinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer, April Heinrichs and 218 other stars of American soccer immortalized in the Hall of Fame. The 2001 inductees will be announced in July and inducted in Oneonta, NY during a weekend long celebration October 13-14, 2001.

The two to be inducted in the class of 2001 will be chosen by the soccer media via a national on-line ballot. "This is the first time we've had the technology in place to effectively reach the national media," said Director of Museum Services Jack Huckel. Huckel added, "Mail ballots are being supplanted by Internet technology and we are excited that we can easily open the balloting to the widest possible audience." Members of the media are invited to complete the registration form and vote will vote via a special ballot page at www.soccerhall.org, the official National Soccer Hall of Fame web site.

Another first in 2001 is the Hall of Fame fan poll. Soccer fans coast to coast can see the biographies of the twelve candidates and cast their vote via a special Fan-Poll section on the Hall of Fame web site as well. Winners of the 2001 Hall of Fame fan poll will be announced on the Hall's site in July, also.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame, located in Oneonta, New York, features a range of exhibits on the history of soccer in the United States from the earliest games played on Boston Common to the latest scores and standings. In addition to the Museum, the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex boasts an interactive Kicks Game Zone, a pro shop, a gift shop, library, four world class soccer fields and office/meeting facilities.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue3=%Hall of Fame Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, a player must meet No. 1 and either No. 2 or No. 3 of the following three criteria.

  1. He or she must have been retired as a player for at least four years, but for no more than 25 years (for the 2001 election, this means that he or she must have retired no later than 1997 and no earlier than 1976).
  2. He or she must have played at least 20 full international games for the United States, of which at least one must have been in the World Cup or World Cup qualifying. This 20-game requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990.
  3. He or she must have played at least five seasons in a first-division professional league, and won the league championship, won the U.S. Open Cup or been a league all-star at least once.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue3=%2001 Hall of Fame Candidate Biographies

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Paul Child (retired 1981 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2006)
Played 10 seasons in the NASL. NASL all-star in 1972 and '74. NASL second-team all-star in 1973. Played two full internationals for the United States. Played 239 NASL regular-season games and six NASL playoff games. NASL scoring leader in 1974.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Teofilo Cubillas (retired 1983 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2008)
Played five seasons in the NASL. NASL all-star in 1980 and '81. NASL runnerup in 1980 with Fort Lauderdale. NASL second-team all-star in 1979 and '82. Played 120 NASL regular-season games and 21 NASL playoff games.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Ricky Davis (retired 1984 from the NASL; retired 1988 from the U.S. national team; retired 1990 from the MISL, final year of eligibility - 2015)
Played seven seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1980 and '82 with New York. Played 35 full internationals for the United States, including 12 World Cup qualifiers in 1980, '84, '85 and '88. Played 129 NASL regular-season games and 25 NASL playoff games. Captain of the United States in the 1984 and '88 Olympic Games and World Cup qualifiers in 1984, '85 and '88. USSF men's athlete of the year in 1984.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Angelo DiBernardo (retired 1984 from the NASL; retired 1985 from the U.S. national team; retired 1987 from the MISL, final year of eligibility - 2012)
Played six seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1980 with New York. Played 20 full internationals for the United States, including 10 World Cup qualifiers in 1980, '84 and '85. Played 87 NASL regular-season games and eight NASL playoff games. Played three seasons in the MISL.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Shannon Higgins (retired 1991 from the U.S. national team, final year of eligibility - 2016)
Played 51 full internationals for the United States, including four World Cup qualifiers in 1991 and five World Cup games in 1991.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Randy Horton (retired 1976 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2001)
Played six seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1972 with New York. NASL all-star in 1971 and '72. NASL most valuable player in 1972. NASL scoring champion in 1972. NASL second-team all-star in 1973. NASL honorable mention all-star in 1974. Scored 51 goals in 88 NASL regular-season games and five NASL playoff games.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Arnie Mausser (retired 1982 from the MISL; retired 1984 from the NASL; retired 1985 from the U.S. national team, final year of eligibility - 2010)
Played 10 seasons in the NASL. NASL all-star in 1976. Played 35 full internationals for the United States, including 11 World Cup qualifiers in 1976, '80 and '85. Played 224 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games. Played one season in the MISL.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Shep Messing (retired 1979 from the NASL; retired 1987 from the MISL, final year of eligibility - 2012)
Played six seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1977 with New York. Played 119 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games. Played eight seasons in the MISL.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Ilija Mitic (retired 1978 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2003)
Played nine seasons in the NASL. NASL all-star in 1968, '69, '73 and '74. NASL runnerup in 1973 with Dallas. Played one full international for the United States. First NASL player to score 100 goals and scored 101 in 166 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Bob Smith (retired 1980 from the U.S. national team; retired 1981 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2006)
Played nine seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1973 with Philadelphia. NASL all-star in 1975. Played 19 full internationals for the United States, including four World Cup qualifiers in 1976. NASL second-team all-star in 1973 and '76. NASL honorable mention all-star in 1974 and '79. Played 167 NASL regular-season games and 10 NASL playoff games.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Wolfgang Suhnholz (retired 1980 from the NASL, final year of eligibility - 2005)
Played five seasons in the NASL. NASL champion in 1976 with Toronto. NASL all-star in 1977. NASL honorable mention all-star in 1975 and '76. Played 90 NASL regular-season games and six NASL playoff games.

%=macroPart|font/arialBlue2=%Al Trost (retired 1978 from the U.S. national team; retired 1979 from the NASL; retired 1980 from the MISL, final year of eligibility - 2005)
Played 14 full internationals for the United States, including five World Cup qualifiers in 1976 as Captain. Played seven seasons in the NASL. Played 147 NASL regular-season games and two NASL playoff games. Captain of the United States in World Cup qualifying in 1976. Played one season in the MISL.

Source: www.soccerhall.org

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