U Conn Head Coach Joe Morrone

Soccer America Silver XI celebrity nominations

GK: Jorge Campos

Comments: Quality plus excitement and flair. What joy he has brought to the U.S. with his goalkeeping.

Field Players:

Pele

Comments: He drew attention to the sport especially from the news media.

Franz Beckenbauer

Comments: Gave everyone who saw him a demonstration of high technical skill but most importantly, a concept of the game.

Kyle Rote Jr.

Comments: His was the first ''name'' most Americans knew even though it was because of his father. He gave some credibility to the sport.

Rick Davis

Comments: The first American-born player to come from the high school and youth programs. He gave hope to the future at that time.

Giorgio Chinaglia
Comments: Showed people that goals can be scored!

Alexi Lalas

Comments: His hair, style of living, hard play and heading ability have made him a favorite among the young.

Coach: Ron Newman

Comments: The most consistent winner of all especially during an era when indoor soccer was pro soccer's only light!

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.

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