The 2013 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot is ripe with heavy hitters – or rather, kickers – looking to become one of up to ten new faces in the HOF. The ballot includes newbie’s like Wade Barrett, Angela Hucles, Ben Olsen, Tony Sanneh, and Taylor Twellman. Those in their final year of eligibility – who will be moved to the 2014 Veteran ballot – are Mauricio Cienfuegos, Roy Lassiter, and Tisha Venturini-Hoch.
As some might notice of the 22-candidate finalist ballot, almost all of the former players are still actively involved in football whether by broadcast (Twellman), because of managerial status (i.e. MLS Head Coaches Olsen and Kreis, Assistants Barrett and Fraser, and NWSL Head Coach Parlow), or through foundations and teaching soccer for social development (Fair, O’Brien, and Sanneh).
Here’s the alphabetical list of the eligible former players on the 2013 HOF ballot:
Chris Armas – Chicago Fire:
Currently head women’s soccer coach at Adelphi University in New York
Wade Barrett – San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo
Currently assistant coach for Houston Dynamo
Mauricio Cienfuegos – Salvadoran LA Galaxy midfielder
Currently technical coach for LA Galaxy Academy
Raul Diaz Arce – Salvadoran Forward who played for DC United, NE Revs, Colorado Rapids amongst other teams
Currently Boys Director of Coaching at Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association
Marco Etcheverry – Bolivian DC United midfielder
Soon-to-be assistant coach with the Bolivian national team
Lorrie Fair – Former USWNT midfielder
Works on social development projects including the teaching Afghani women to play football, the Africa Outreach Project and her own Kickabout Africa 2010 project which showcased the African game leading up to the 2010 World Cup.
Robin Fraser – Former MLS defender for LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew
Currently New York Red Bulls Assistant Coach
Chris Henderson – Former midfielder for Colorado Rapids, KC Wizards, Columbus Crew and NY Red Bulls
Currently Seattle Sounders FC Technical Director
Angela Hucles – Midfielder for USWNT and Boston Breakers/Renegades
Most recently a soccer consultant and public speaker
Jason Kreis – Forward/Mid for Dallas and Real Salt Lake:
Has held the Real Salt Lake Head Coach position since 2007
Roy Lassiter – Former MLS Forward for DC United and Kansas City Wizards, among other clubs (like Tampa Bay Mutiny and on loan for Genoa). In 2012, SJ Earthquake Forward Chris Wondolowski tied Lassiter’s record for most goals scored (27) in the regular season:
Currently Advancement Director for San Diego’s Youth Soccer, Albion Soccer Club
Shannon MacMillan – Former USWNT Midfielder/Forward for 12 years
Currently a part of the coaching staff at the Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks Soccer Club
Joe-Max Moore – Former New England Revolution and Everton Forward:
Victor Nogueira – Former indoor soccer star for San Diego Sockers, Milwaukee Wave and Cleveland Force
Currently West Coast FC coach
John O’Brien – Former Midfielder/Left Back for Ajax Amsterdam (and one year for Chivas USA):
As of 2011, O’Brien was a soon-to-be college graduate as well as a volunteer ambassador for social and soccer development programs such as Soccer Without Borders
Ben Olsen – Former DC United Midfielder
Currently DC United’s Head Coach
Cindy Parlow – USWNT Midfielder
Ante Razov – Former Forward for Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and Chivas USA:
Recently has scouted for the United States for the U-15 and U-18 levels and currently the LA Galaxy’s U-14 academy coach
Tiffany Roberts – Former USWNT
Currently VCU Rams women’s soccer coach, and was recently selected to serve as the US U-18 and U-20 training camp assistant coach
Tony Sanneh – Former Defender/Mid for the Minnesota Thunder, Hertha Berlin (Germany), FC Nuremberg (Germany), Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, and LA Galaxy:
Currently the Executive Director of the Sanneh Foundation, which is the foundation he started that utilizes soccer as a tool to develop urban-raised children for leadership, serve the community and fight racism
Taylor Twellman – Former New England Revolution Forward:
After retiring, he has become ESPN’s lead analyst for MLS as well as founding THINKTaylor, an organization to bring about awareness of concussion and brain injuries in sports, specifically soccer
Tisha Venturini-Hoch – Former USWNT Midfielder
Voting continues through Friday, 22 February, which will then lead to the election results, and the subsequent induction ceremony. Voting members can list, at most, 10 players on their ballot, from which a player with their name on at least two-thirds of the ballots gain entry into the HOF.
My choices for those who will become Hall-of-Famers?
For another soccer journalist’s thoughts on the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, all the worthy, former players on the ballot, and who he believes will be inducted, here is Steven Goff’s column from the WaPo.