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While the presidential election remains a hot topic today, there is another upcoming election that should have American soccer fans extremely interested. Twenty-five former players are on the ballot for induction into the 2009 National Soccer Hall of Fame class and the list is loaded with MLS and U.S. national team standouts.
The list is comprised of 19 former Major League Soccer stars, four standouts from the U.S. women’s national team and two former NASL/indoor all-stars. Select members of the media, Hall of Famers, U.S. national team coaches past and present, select MLS coaches and administators from MLS, WPS and U.S. soccer get to vote, but being in the democratic society that we live in, we at SBI are offering you, the fans, a chance to voice your opinion.
Here are the 25 candidates for the 2008 class of the National Soccer Hall of Fame:
Jeff Agoos — A five-time MLS Cup winner, three-time MLS all-star and former U.S. National Team defender who was capped 134 times and played in two World Cups.
Mike Burns — A former U.S. National Team defender who has 75 caps and played in the 1992 Olympics and two World Cups and played seven seasons in MLS.
Mauricio Cienfuegos — A three-time MLS all-star, the former Salvadorian international also won an MLS Cup and a U.S. Open Cup in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Raul Diaz Arce — Second all-time leading scorer in Salvadorian history, he won a pair of MLS Cups and a U.S. Open Cup in his six years in MLS and is sixth on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Thomas Dooley — A former U.S. National Team defender who has 81 caps, played in a pair of World Cups and was the 1992 recipient of the Honda Award.
John Doyle — A former U.S. National Team defender who has 55 caps, played in the 1990 World Cup, won the 1991 Gold Cup and played all five MLS seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Marco Etcheverry — Four-time MLS all-star in eight seasons with D.C. United, also won three MLS Cups, one U.S. Open Cup, was named the league MVP and earned 71 caps for Bolivia, playing in the 1994 World Cup.
Joy Fawcett — A former U.S. National Team defender, Fawcett has 239 caps and is a two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner.
Robin Fraser — A veteran of 10 MLS seasons, Fraser was named the 1999 MLS Defender of the Year and four times was named to the MLS Best XI.
Dominic Kinnear — Before winning back-to-back MLS Cups as head coach of the Houston Dynamo, Kinnear spent five seasons in MLS and has 54 caps for the U.S. National Team, winning the 1991 Gold Cup.
Frank Klopas –A former U.S. National Team forward scored 12 goals in 39 appearances and played four seasons in Major League Soccer, winning an MLS Cup and a U.S. Open Cup.
Roy Lassiter — Played for four teams in eight MLS seasons, setting the record for goals scored in a single season (27 in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny) and scored four goals in 30 appearances for the U.S. National Team.
Shannon MacMillan — The midfielder scored 60 goals in 176 appearances with the U.S. National Team, winning a World Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Pato Margetic — A three-time NASL all-star and two-time NASL champion, the forward scored 42 goals in five seasons and also enjoyed a successful 15-year indoor career.
Joe-Max Moore — The all-time leading scorer in New England Revolution history with 53 goals in six seasons, the forward was named an MLS all-star and scored 24 goals in 100 appearances with the U.S. National Team, playing in three World Cups and one Olympic Games.
Victor Nogueira — A goalkeeper who played six seasons in the NASL, but gained greater notoriety in more than 20 years indoors, winning Goalkeeper of the Year four times.
Peter Nowak — The midfielder was named an MLS all-star in three of the five seasons he played, winning an MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cups before going on to coach D.C. United and the U.S. Under-23 National Team.
Cindy Parlow — The midfielder has 158 caps for the U.S. National Team, scoring 75 goals and winning a World Cup and two Olympic Gold Medals.
Preki — The only player in MLS history to win the MVP award and scoring championship twice – in 1997 and 2003, the four-time MLS all-star is the league’s all-time leader in points scored after enjoying a spectacular career with the Kansas City Wizards.
Mike Sorber — The first American to ever be named a Mexican all-star in two seasons with Pumas, the former midfielder had 67 caps for the U.S. National Team and played five seasons in Major League Soccer.
Earnie Stewart — The midfielder had 101 caps with the U.S. National Team, played in three World Cups, won the Honda Award in 2001 and won an MLS Cup in 2004.
Steve Trittschuh — The defender earned 38 caps for the U.S. National Team, competing in the 1990 World Cup and played six seasons in Major League Soccer.
Carlos Valderrama — The Colombian international was named a three-time MLS all-star in his seven seasons, was named the league MVP in 1996 and is second all-time in assists with 114.
Tisha Venturini — The midfielder earned 134 caps with the U.S. National Team, winning a World Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Peter Vermes — A veteran of seven Major League Soccer seasons, he won an MLS Cup and a U.S. Open Cup and was named Defender of the Year in 2000 and scored 11 goals in 67 appearances with the U.S. National Team, playing in the 1990 World Cup and 1988 Olympics.
Now it’s your chance to vote. Pick up to 10 of these candidates on your ballot and we will see how many of them meet the 66.7 percent threshold for inclusion into the hall of fame:
So there’s the list, who do think deserves to get in? Who shouldn’t be considered? Who is missing? Share your thoughts below.