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U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

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

Hired as the Portland Thorns FC Head Coach for the inaugural season of the NWSL

 

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?

 

Kreis

Lassiter

MacMillan

Parlow

Sanneh

Twellman

 

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.

 

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