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 *
Raul Diaz Arce
Cobi Jones *
Jason Kreis *
Carlos Llamosa *
Eddie Pope *
Danielle Slaton *
Steve Trittschuh ^
* First year of eligibility ^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2012