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Hall of Fame Avoids Re-Run Of Voting Fiasco

Ballots for the 2009 National Soccer Hall of Fame election are due Wednesday, and this year the rules have been changed after last year's embarrassment when no one was inducted, writes Frank Giase.

No 2008 candidate polled the necessary 75 percent of the vote required for induction. Preki Radosavljevic topped the list with 67.97 percent. This year, any candidate named on 66.67 percent of the ballots will be elected. If no one receives that total, there will be a re-vote for the top five candidates, with the winner earning a Hall place.

Candidates must have been retired at least three years (and no more than 10) and have either played at least 20 full international games for the United States (10 games if before 1990), or they must have played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and been a league all-star at least once. The Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2009 on January 15 at the NSCAA Convention in St. Louis.



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