CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2013) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team forwards Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 11, in a ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. CT on the West Plaza of Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame and U.S. Soccer will hold Induction 2013, presented by Eurosport, ahead of the U.S. MNT’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica. The event will be free and open to the public. Gates for the Hall of Fame induction open at 1:30 p.m. CT. Current Hall of Famers, as well as the Class of 2013 inductees, will be recognized on the field during the match against Jamaica.
Moore enters the Hall of Fame in his second-to-last year of eligibility on the Player ballot. During his MNT tenure, Moore appeared in 100 games, including three FIFA World Cups, and his 24 goals rank fifth on the all-time list. He also scored 53 goals in six seasons with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.
Vermes enters the Hall of Fame on the Veteran ballot. He scored 11 goals in 66 career games with the U.S. MNT, helped the squad qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and captained the team during its championship run at the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991. He was the 1988 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year in his first stint with the National Team and was the 2000 MLS Defender of the Year, leading the Kansas City Wizards to the MLS Cup Championship. Vermes currently manages Sporting Kansas City, which has won back-to-back Eastern Conference regular-season titles in MLS and won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The U.S. MNT’s match against Jamaica on Oct. 11 is the team’s second-to-last match in World Cup Qualifying. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on an ESPN network, WatchESPN and UniMas, and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in the United States by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.