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Jones, Pope and Stewart head 2011 class
by Paul Kennedy, March 29th, 2011 4:32PM

TAGS:  hall of fame, kansas city wizards, men's national team


[HALL OF FAME] Three three-time World Cup veterans Cobi Jones (1994-2002), Eddie Pope (1998-2006) and Earnie Stewart (1994-2002) were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 on the Player ballot. Former U.S. national team forward Bruce Murray and former U.S. national team coach Bob Gansler were elected on the Veteran and Builder ballots, respectively.
Details on the Class of 2011 induction ceremony, which will likely be scheduled for this summer, will be announced at a later date.
Jones, the all-time U.S. cap leader, was named on 87 percent of the ballots, while Pope, who started in the middle of the U.S. backline at three World Cups, earned a spot on 74 percent of the ballots, and Stewart, who scored in the historic 2-0 win over Colombia in 1994, was named on 71 percent of the ballots.
The selection committee for the player election includes all current and former coaches of the U.S. men’s and women’s national team, active MLS and WPS coaches with a minimum of four years tenure, select soccer administrators, designated members of the media and all Hall of Famers.

Murray starred on the U.S. national team in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was one of its scoring stars as it gained prominence.

Gansler coached the USA to the 1990 World Cup finalists, ending a 40-year drought. He later coached the Kansas City Wizards to the MLS Cup 2000 title.

  1. Don Wishon
    commented on: April 28, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
    Still think they are missing someone important to U.S. Soccer - Perry Van Der Beck. First American drafted straight out of high school into the NASL - Tampa Bay Rowdies (1978), 23 caps playing for the U.S. National team trying to qualify for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, captain of the U.S. Soccer team at the 1980 Olympic Games (boycotted by President Carter), U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year 1985, Dallas Sidekicks, St. Louis Steamers, Wichita Wings (1984-1990), U.S. Soccer Board of Directors (1986-1993), Tampa Bay Mutiny (player, coach), Super Y-League ODP National Camp Technical Director, and now Executive Vice President, Technical Director and Director of Player Development for FC Tampa Bay. He should be elected on the Veterans ballot, without question.

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