Keller, Schmid and Myernick elected to Hall of Fame

In his first year of eligibility, Kasey Keller was the only player elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Also selected in the Class of 2015 were his coach with the Seattle Sounders, Sigi Schmid (Builder category), and the late Glenn Myernick (Veteran ballot).

Keller played 102 games for the United States in an international career that spanned 18 years. Keller went to four World Cups (1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006), played in two (1998 and 2006) and starred for the USA in the 1989 Under-20 World Cup. He is the USA's all-time leader in shutouts with 47. He finished his career with the Sounders after a 16-year career in Europe with Millwall, Leicester City, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Fulham.

"It's a great honor," Keller said of being elected. "You look at some of the guys that have been elected before; it's not an easy process. It's not like it's an open-door policy. It's cool to be voted in. I really saw it firsthand, when I was able to speak on [Brian] McBride's behalf [in February], of how cool it is. I'm proud and thankful for the people that helped get me to that point throughout my career: teammates, coaches, friends, family. It's kind of a culmination of what you've done and how you got there and all the people that helped you get to get to that point, so I'm thankful for that."

Schmid, who coached at UCLA and in MLS with the LA Galaxy, Columbus and Seattle, has spent 35 years of coaching soccer in the United States. He is the winningest coach in MLS history with league championships in 2002 with the Galaxy and 2008 with the Crew. He has led the Sounders to four U.S. Open Cup titles in six seasons (2009-11, 2014). He also coached the U.S. U-20s twice to the round of 16 (1999 and 2005). He was also an assistant to Bora Milutinovic on the 1994 World Cup team

"I would like to thank U.S. Soccer for this incredible honor, as this is certainly right up there with the top moments I've experienced in this sport," said Schmid. "I am honored to be inducted alongside Kasey Keller, who is a Seattle soccer icon. I knew Mooch [Glenn Myernick] for a long time, and as a colleague, a coach and a player, he dedicated his life to the sport, and he's such a good person. Being inducted with those two guys is a tremendous honor, and I am very humbled."

Myernick, who passed away on Oct. 5, 2006, at the age of 51, was an early American star in the NASL, earning 10 caps for the USA in the 1970s. He then went into coaching, where he served as an assistant coach for the USA at the 2002 World Cup when it reached the quarterfinals and again at the 2006 World Cup. He also coached the USA in its championship victory at the 2005 Gold Cup after head coach Bruce Arena was suspended for the final. He also coached the USA in its unsuccessful bid to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.

He began his international coaching career as an assistant for the U.S. U-20 national team in 1993 when it reached the quarterfinals of the World Youth Championship in Australia, and then coached the U-17s at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Ecuador in 1995. After serving as an assistant coach for Arena at the 1996 Olympic Games, Myernick coached the Colorado Rapids for four seasons, leading them to the 1997 MLS Cup title game during his first season at the helm.

"This means everything to us; his whole world was soccer," said his wife, Nancy Myernick. "It revolved around the game from the time he was a little kid playing in Trenton, to youth soccer, and then going to college, and being with the national team. He could never get enough. We built our lives around soccer, and we traveled the country to make it happen for him and to be involved in whatever level he could be. He put 110 percent effort into whatever he did with soccer. We wish he could have received this honor himself, but knowing the family will be there is a huge honor."

Plans for the 2005 Induction ceremonies will be announced at a later date.
1 comment about "Keller, Schmid and Myernick elected to Hall of Fame".
  1. Dennis Lukens, April 13, 2015 at 5:34 p.m.

    There was no better man who has been involved with US Soccer than Glen Myernick. He always treated me and everyone else the same weather you were playing against him at the College Level or he was coaching MLS or with the National Team. He always remembered who you, knew what you were doing asked how you were and and treated you as an equal. They always talk about guys that worked hard. No one and I mean no one worked harder than Glen or loved the game and the people around it more. The day he passed away was a terrible day, we lost one of the very, very best. Top player, Top Coach and Top Man.

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