[HALL OF FAME] Former U.S. national team stars Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope -- both veterans of three World Cups -- are among the six players in their first year of eligibility for the Player ballot that has been finalized for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
Chris Armas, Jason Kreis, Carlos Llamosa and Danielle Slaton are also on the ballot for the first time. Of the 25 players on the Player ballot, only Steve Trittschuh is in his final year of eligibility.
Voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories and continue through March 11.
The voting pool includes all Hall of Famers, select soccer administrators and designated media members. Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be dropped from the Player ballot.
2011 Player Ballot
Raul Diaz Arce
In addition to the Player ballot, voting is also underway in the Veteran Player and Builder categories. The top vote-getters in both the Veteran and Builder categories will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no one appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no one will be elected on the 2011 ballot in that category. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.
2011 Veteran Ballot
2011 Builder Ballot