Jones, Pope, Stewart headline National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Jones, Pope, Stewart headline National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011

National Soccer Hall of Fame

Jones, Pope, Stewart headline National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011

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Longevity and productivity are two themes that can be used to describe the careers of the players inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame this year.

Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart will be the latest to be enshrined in the hall in a ceremony this summer, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday. Jones was named on 87 percent of all ballots to lead all of the 25 player nominees. Pope was named on 76 percent of ballots and Stewart on 71 percent to earn induction.

All three players appeared in three World Cups. Jones is the United States' all-time leader in caps and was one of the country's soccer icons during his era. Pope was the long-time anchor in central defense for both the national team and D.C. United in his distinguished career. The Dutch-American Stewart enjoyed a standout club career in the Netherlands before a stint with D.C. United and appeared in more than 100 matches for the national team.

Joining the trio are former national team player Bruce Murray, inducted on the Veteran's Ballot; and former national team and Kansas City Wizards coach Bob Gansler, inducted on the Builder's Ballot.

What do you think about the Class of 2011? Who do you think was snubbed? What's your favorite memory involving any of the inductees?

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