Meola and Reyna on ballot for first time

[HALL OF FAME] Tony Meola and Claudio Reyna, two of the U.S. national team stars of the 1990s, are on the ballot for the first time for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories and continue through Feb. 17.

Meola, who started in two World Cups, and Reyna, who started in three World Cups, are 12 players in their first year of eligibility for the Player ballot. Jose Burciaga Jr., Ronald CerritosLorrie Fair, Jen Lalor-Nielsen, Ante Razov, David Regis, Thori Staples Bryan, Greg Vanney and Kerry Zavagnin also are on the ballot for the first time.

Of the 31 total players on the Player ballot, Mike Burns, Peter Nowak, Carlos Valderrama and Peter Vermes are in their final year of eligibility.

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.

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Chris Armas
Jose Burciaga Jr. *
Mike Burns ^
Ronald Cerritos *
Mauricio Cienfuegos
Raul Diaz Arce
Marco Etcheverry
Lorrie Fair *
Robin Fraser
Chris Henderson
Jason Kreis
Jen Lalor-Nielsen *
Roy Lassiter
Shannon MacMillan
Tony Meola *
Joe-Max Moore
Victor Nogueira
Peter Nowak ^
John O'Brien
Ronnie O'Brien *
Cindy Parlow
Ante Razov *
David Regis *
Claudio Reyna *
Tiffany Roberts
Thori Staples Bryan *
Carlos Valderrama ^
Greg Vanney *
Tisha Venturini-Hoch
Peter Vermes ^
Kerry Zavagnin *
* First year of eligibility
^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2013

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot
Desmond Armstrong
George Best
Teofilo Cubillas
John Doyle
Linda Hamilton
Bill McPherson
Shep Messing
Glenn Myernick
Brian Quinn
Mike Sorber
Steve Trittschuh

2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot
Chuck Blazer
Bob Bradley
Bob Contiguglia
Tony DiCicco
Don Garber
Francisco Marcos
Fritz Marth
Sigi Schmid

3 comments about "Meola and Reyna on ballot for first time".
  1. Ronnie j Salvador, February 2, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.

    Apologies if I missed it: where is the US Soccer Hall of Fame, now that Oneonta has closed...

  2. Don Wishon, February 2, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

    Anyone want to let me know why Perry Van Der Beck's name is not on the Veteran Ballot?

    http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/index.php?id=111&newsid=1428

  3. Bret Newman, February 3, 2012 at 2:20 a.m.

    Claudia Reyna is a shoe-in for the HOF. I would probably pick Tony Meola on the first time ballot too. I think Etcheverry, and Valderrama belong in there too for there great play in MLS. While Cienfuegos, and Raul Diaz Arce should get future consideration. Cienfuegos is a more rounded player so I could see him possibly making it, but I don't think this year. Also maybe a Joe Max Moore could make it in the future.

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