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US legends up for Hall of Fame induction

By | 18th February 2011

Yesterday the official ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 was announced, and United States soccer fans will surely be pleased with the candidates. The pool of possible Hall of Famers is full of talented players who plied their trade both domestically in Major League Soccer as well as those pioneers that paved the way for fellow Americans overseas.

Among the American contingent, star MLS foreigners such as Marco Etcheverry and Carlos Valderrama are included, and they’ll be hoping to cement their spots in American soccer history. Along with their American counterparts, the Class of 2011 is certain to honor those who made soccer a larger part of the American culture.

Current Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis, who finds himself on the ballot due to his extremely respectable MLS goal tally, has hailed the talent on this year’s ballot.

“To be eligible for selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame is truly an honor, especially considering the talented individuals I share the ballot with,” said Kreis. “Having played alongside or against so many players on the list I can personally attest to the strength of this year’s candidates. Whoever earns the great distinction of being named to the ‘Class of 2011’ will certainly have earned it.”

2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

Chris Armas *
Mike Burns
Mauricio Cienfuegos
Raul Diaz Arce
Marco Etcheverry
Robin Fraser
Chris Henderson
Cobi Jones *
Jason Kreis *
Roy Lassiter
Carlos Llamosa *
Shannon MacMillan
Joe-Max Moore
Victor Nogueira
Peter Nowak
John O’Brien
Cindy Parlow
Eddie Pope *
Tiffany Roberts
Danielle Slaton *
Earnie Stewart
Steve Trittschuh ^
Carlos Valderrama
Tisha Venturini-Hoch
Peter Vermes
* First year of eligibility ^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2012

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