Soccer America Silver XI celebrity nominations
GK: Antonio (Tony) Meola
Comments: Played for the U.S.A. in two consecutive World Cups and became the first American goalkeeper recognized throughout the soccer world and public.
Comments: Great soccer ambassador
Comments: Elevated women's soccer internationally. A true goal
Comments: Most exciting and explosive woman player in the world.
Comments: First U.S. player to reach 100 caps.
Comments: Greatest player ever! Need more be said?
Comments: Maybe not one of the better players the U.S. has produced, but
he's the most recognizable with his red hair and beard.
Comments: First African-American to play for the U.S.A. in a World Cup.
Has had positive impact on many kids in the inner cities as well as being
successful with his broadcasting career.
Comments: Best indoor soccer player to play in the U.S.A. ''A legend under
his own roof.''
Comments: Teenage heart throb. Exciting player to watch with his quickness
Comments: First ever Women's World Championship M.V.P. (1991). Her valid
claim of being the best in the world!
Coach: Bora Milutinovic
Comments: Helped put U.S. soccer on the global map. Most successful U.S.
Men's coach ever!
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, Soccer America honors the 11 players and one coach from the past 25 years who've had the most positive impact on U.S. soccer. They are the Soccer America Silver XI -- announced Dec. 14 at the Soccer America FanZone in Richmond, Va.