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Nine men and women inducted into USL Hall of Fame
November 15th, 2011 6:20PM
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[AWARDS] Nine men and women have been chosen for induction into the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame in 2011. For the first time, the Hall of Fame has been divided into three distinct wings to honor those who have worked in the men's and women's game as well as indoors. The Class of 2011 will be inducted at the USL Hall of Fame banquet presented by Demosphere on Dec. 16 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach.

2011 USL Men’s Hall of Fame Inductees
 
Builder – Kyle Krause, Des Moines Menace
Krause acquired majority ownership of the Menace in 1998 and created one of the most successful PDL franchises in the country. He has expanded the youth side, essentially developing an entire program from beginner to professional. Average home game attendance hovers near 3,500 for the Menace, setting a PDL record in 2004. More than 50 Menace alums have gone on to careers in the ranks of USL PRO, MLS and other professional leagues.
 
Coach – David Irving, Wilmington Hammerheads
The face of the Wilmington franchise, Irving has led the Hammerheads to two championship games, winning the USL Second Division title in 2003, the same year that the Hammerheads reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup after defeating Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas 4-1 in the fourth round. The Englishman was also pivotal in securing the return of the Hammerheads to Wilmington after hiatus in 2010, upon which he then led the side to second place in the USL PRO regular-season standings.
 
2011 USL Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees
 
Builder – Tim Schweitzer, Northern Virginia Majestics
The longtime general manager of Northern Virginia FC has spearheaded the development of thousands of players during the past 13 years. Northern Virginia has operated the W-League’s Majestics since 1999.
 
Coach – Lee Horton, Charlotte Lady Eagles
As the only head coach in the history of the Lady Eagles, Horton has been a model of consistency through the past 10 seasons. With an overall record of 107-31-9, Horton has guided the team to eight playoff appearances, including a W-League championship (2001) and two other championship game appearances (2000 and 2002).
 
Player – Florence Omagbemi, Hampton Roads Piranhas
Omagbemi was a key figure for the Hampton Roads Piranhas for seven seasons, helping the club capture the 2003 W-League championship. Omagbemi appeared 76 times for the Piranhas as they won a pair of division titles in 2003 and 2004. Internationally, Omagbemi played at the 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups for Nigeria and is its most-capped player.
 
Player – Christine Sinclair, Vancouver Breakers, Vancouver Whitecaps Women
The leading goal-scorer in the history of the Canadian women’s national team, Sinclair played four seasons in the W-League for the Vancouver Breakers and the Vancouver Whitecaps women. The dominant forward scored 23 goals and added 10 assists for the Whitecaps during her three-year spell with the club, and has been named the Canadian Soccer Association Women’s Player of the Year each of the past six years (2005-2010).
 
2011 MISL Hall of Fame Inductees
 
Builder – Edwin Hale Sr., Baltimore Blast
Edwin Hale Sr. has twice been the principal owner of the Baltimore Blast, first owning the club from 1989-92 before re-purchasing the club in 1998. During Hale’s second stint, the Blast have become a league power, winning their first league championship in almost two decades in 2003. That victory triggered a remarkable run of success that saw the Blast win another five championships, the most recent coming in 2009.
 
Coach – Keith Tozer, Milwaukee Wave
Keith Tozer has become an indoor soccer icon as the coach of the Milwaukee Wave, a position he has held since 1992. A former player, Tozer began his coaching career with the Louisville Thunder in 1984, winning a championship in 1987. Since becoming the Wave’s coach, Tozer has won five championships while appearing in another four finals. Milwaukee won its first title in six seasons with the 2010-11 MISL championship.
 
Player – Tatu, Dallas Sidekicks, Wichita Wings
Tatu was one of the most accomplished players in the MISL’s history, scoring 857 goals during his 19-year career, the second most in indoor soccer history. A dominant force for the Dallas Sidekicks, with whom he won four championships, Tatu won the league MVP award six times. Later in his career, he also acted as the player/coach for the Sidekicks, winning Coach of the Year honors in the 2003-04 season, one season after his retirement from the field.



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  1. C. Zee
    commented on: November 16, 2011 at 7:51 a.m.
    Is this a real Hall of Fame ? Where is it located ? Other than one person from this group, I have not heard of any of them. The famous is missing from fame ... I would call it a Hall of Honor - as deserving contributors should be recognized. But it is definitely not a Hall of Fame.
  1. Ginger Peeler
    commented on: November 16, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.
    I'm so glad to see Keith Tozar and Tatu being inducted. Of course, they were playing/coaching long before the MLS came into being. Back in the mid to late 80s and early 90s, indoor soccer was about it for the professional game and, living in the San Diego area, my family had season tickets to the San Diego Sockers games. They also televised the games back then...they were such fun to watch and those players displayed so much incredible skill. If Tatu is being inducted, then Steve Zungul, Julie Veee and Branco Segota must be in there, too. And how about Preki? He was playing indoors before joining the US Mens team, then on to MLS and coaching. Of course there were adult leagues in existence, besides the children's leagues but most of them were recreational.

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